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Newcastle United Employed Two Analysts At Fulham But What Did They Tell Them?

8 years ago

John Carver has revealed that Newcastle used two different analysts at Fulham on Saturday, one sitting on the bench and one sitting with Alan Pardew in his hotel.

I’m not a luddite but exactly what real purpose do they serve and is it not just simply hiding from the real problems?

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This is what the manager’s assistant had to say;

“I spoke to him (Alan Pardew) coming off the pitch at half-time. It was only a couple of points and then I also spoke to him towards the end of the game.

“We had an analyst in the hotel with the gaffer and one on the bench with us.

“He was really calm at half-time but the manager has been ok this week, he’s been lively, he’ shad a big part to play this week at the training ground.”

“Other than him not being here today for the three and a half hours, he has been right at the front of things.”

So exactly what do these analysts contribute?

I’m all for trying to gain every advantage but you don’t need computer generated statistics to tell you that we didn’t have a striker capable of scoring a goal available.

You didn’t need an analyst to tell you that Newcastle were outplayed by the team at the bottom of the league.

You shouldn’t need anybody to tell you that Newcastle’s squad is so embarrassingly small that you end up having to include players such as Shola and Marveaux who are total liabilities.

Collecting data is all very well but only of value if it is put to any good use.

Maybe they need to do a bit more study on the statistics of how we have (and haven’t) scored goals this season, feed all the info in and it should tell you ‘TWO GOALSCORERS NEED TO BE BOUGHT IN SUMMER OR IT WILL BE CRISIS TIME NEXT SEASON’.

Or feed in the statistics on making forward passes and the computer will say ‘WHERE’S CABAYE GONE?’.

I suppose the data they get back may well be positive when it comes to how much players run about and maybe even the quantity of passes at times.

However, you only need your own eyes to tell you that we don’t have players who run past the opposition, or even that Hatem Ben Arfa has looked nowhere near what he should be in terms of fitness. A pair of bathroom scales could have told you what you needed to know, not being wired up to high-tech equipment just for the sake of it.

Money needs to be spent on better players, plus high calibre coaches are desperately needed to work on our appalling set-pieces and other areas, not forgetting specialist coaching to work on strikers such as Papiss Cisse and Luuk De Jong who clearly should be capable of better.


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