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Brentford FC have appointed experienced coach Flemming Pedersen as their new Head of Football Philosophy and Player Development.

the spieth hole-ease impresseth us (imago), Monday, 22 June 2015 20:42 (seven years ago) link

r|t|c, Monday, 22 June 2015 22:09 (seven years ago) link

finally got round to the nowhere men recently and benham does actually come across extremely well - as realistic about the various pitfalls of blind faith in data as he is sceptical of "bollocks" received football wisdoms

"The key thing to understand about analytics is we are talking about a model. It is not reality. It is a model of reality. Too many think models are the truth. You absolutely a hundred per cent still need the old school input from scouts, just not on its own. There is room for subjective judgement, as long as it is part of a bigger picture."

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r|t|c, Monday, 22 June 2015 22:16 (seven years ago) link

nice work

i'm largely in favour of benham (oppet?) but it has the feel of a grand tragedy that could take many years to fully unfold

the spieth hole-ease impresseth us (imago), Monday, 22 June 2015 22:57 (seven years ago) link

Thank you for starting this thread so I don't have to, esp as it means I can give up trying to think of something else to post abt on ilx.

Benham is good, did the right thing in letting Warburton go, and has the support of the fans at the moment (I think). The stats side of this new project seems like a reasonable development. It's easy to clown it but the merits are pretty obvious.

Ankersen seems like a complete wanker tbh, the worst kind of TED talk modern business charlatan, and that's where I can see it all falling apart. Using stats and analysis to gain advantages is fine but all the extra motivational stuff is total shit and I wouldn't be surprised at yer seasoned pro footballers rolling their eyes and telling him to do one if he gets involved at that level. Hopefully Ankersen's worst aspects will be tempered by his co-DoF, an affable geordie everybloke.

The head of football philosophy's job description seems like something any reasonably modern club would have. The stupid job title is just needless attention grabbing from the marketing dept who gave us the 'football is a village' statement and end every tweet with #BigNewAmbitions.

oppet, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:45 (seven years ago) link

Affable geordie everybloke (right).

oppet, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:46 (seven years ago) link

oppet, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:47 (seven years ago) link

Glen Riddersholme has resigned as Midtjylland manager in Warbsesque circumstances :/

oppet, Thursday, 2 July 2015 09:09 (seven years ago) link

We've signed AC Milan's set piece coach as well. And a ball striking coach.

oppet, Thursday, 2 July 2015 09:11 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Andreas Bjelland has been ruled out for the season after sustaining a serious knee injury, Brentford have confirmed.

The club's record signing sustained the injury in the Bees' 4-0 defeat to Oxford in the Capital One Cup.

r|t|c, Friday, 14 August 2015 12:01 (seven years ago) link

malfunction! malfunction! unexpected contingency! cannot compute!

and other playground bullying

imago, Friday, 14 August 2015 12:43 (seven years ago) link

Leave it out! Half the first team is injured. And we have to re-turf the pitch after two games because it's in such a state already.

oppet, Monday, 17 August 2015 09:01 (seven years ago) link

fl not throwing the book @ u for that is some bs

r|t|c, Monday, 17 August 2015 10:16 (seven years ago) link

would you hark at financial fair play here!

imago, Monday, 17 August 2015 10:26 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...


twunty fifteen (imago), Monday, 28 September 2015 08:57 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

update svp oppet

jota toums tarky out, judge to follow...?

r|t|c, Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:57 (six years ago) link

has anything come of ac milan set piece coach and that one specialist qb kid u signed etc

r|t|c, Saturday, 23 January 2016 08:59 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

this tweet may have banged but only the elite 1% rly knew why it was funny

r|t|c, Monday, 10 April 2017 10:07 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

just been pointed out that Brentford have made a net sale of over 100m over the past five seasons, yet here we are. grats benham

imago, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 08:53 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

it was all for this

imago, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:53 (eight months ago) link

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