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Monday, December 04, 2017

Cahal Kelly: Metrics Supplant Managers

The onus moved from learning the game’s codes and secret handshakes to understanding spreadsheets and numbers.

(An extreme example of this is an Azerbaijani soccer team, FC Baku. Five years ago, it hired a 21-year-old to run its player-acquisition set-up. His chief competency? Being very good at the video game Football Manager.)

The effect of metrics on hiring has been slowly (and now rapidly) trickling down. A manager is no longer a teacher. He doesn’t need an intimate knowledge of the cutting-edge thinking in the field (that’s what the GM and his army of wonks are for). When he wants to know what to do late in a game, he has a binder that tells him what to do.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

fra paolo Posted: December 04, 2017 at 04:40 PM | 23 comment(s)
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