Success in the transfer market

By Ian McHale and Kris Nikolov Defining success in football The concept of success in football might, at first, seem like a simple idea: winning is success, losing is failure. But not every team can win: every year there is only one ‘winner’ in each league, a couple of cup winners, and two European competition winners. That leaves an awful lot of failing clubs in … Continue reading Success in the transfer market

What happens when two sports legends get together?

By Alistair Milner Last week I was in the company of an audience of elite football leaders and two sporting greats who were sharing inspiring insights about their careers. From my professional perspective, in the world of high performance talent, it was fascinating to hear how different sports can learn from each other and how defeat and under-performance can spur sportsmen and women on to “strip … Continue reading What happens when two sports legends get together?

Sporting Directors meet to analyse Football Recruitment Post-Brexit

Squire Patton Boggs hosted a high profile event for Sporting Directors to discuss and analyse post-Brexit football recruitment. The international guest list of football leaders discussed one of the major pressing issues of our time with guest speakers from Squire Patton Boggs, the 21st Club, and representatives from English football bodies. Image: Leading analysis by Supinder Sian of Squire Patton Boggs Images: Guests from the … Continue reading Sporting Directors meet to analyse Football Recruitment Post-Brexit

Analytics in Football – the past, the present and the future

By Professor Ian McHale It is nearly 20 years since the Oakland Athletics employed Paul dePodesta, and Billy Beane started to use analytics to gain an edge in Major League Baseball. Outside of sport, we have since entered the era of big data, and mega-corporations like Google, Amazon, and Facebook boast about using analytics in all aspects of their businesses. Elsewhere in sport, the success … Continue reading Analytics in Football – the past, the present and the future

Sporting Directors gain insight from The FA and academia

In two events hosted by Shoosmiths an international cohort of leading sporting directors met to discuss current issues in football, gain an understanding of England’s men’s preparation ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia and build their understanding of educational opportunities. More on the event is covered here. Image: Stepanie Sturges of Manchester Metropolitan University and colleagues from Shoosmiths elite advisory team. Image: Tony … Continue reading Sporting Directors gain insight from The FA and academia