Will unheralded physicist change the way football clubs buy and sell players?
The numbers game: Liverpool has tried to apply "moneyball" to football.
June 2nd, 2014
01:11 PM ET

Will unheralded physicist change the way football clubs buy and sell players?

By John Sinnott

It was a side that thrilled the English Premier League.

From the glut of goals provided by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, to the speed of Raheem Sterling and the guile of Philippe Coutinho, as well as the deployment of Steven Gerrard as football's answer to the quarterback, Liverpool's re-emergence last season was the arguably the biggest surprise in the race for the title.

If Liverpool ultimately fell short in finishing second, some compensation came in the form of player awards for Suarez and a manager of the year award for Brendan Rodgers.

But one man’s name was never mentioned in despatches in discussions as to why a team that had finished seventh the previous season gave eventual winners Manchester City the fright of their lives.

That man was Ian Graham, a Cambridge graduate, who holds a PhD in theoretical physics. FULL POST

Is Man Utd too big a club to manage?
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is reportedly a leading candidate to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United manager.
April 23rd, 2014
12:06 PM ET

Is Man Utd too big a club to manage?

When former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson steps up to the lectern to deliver the first of his Harvard Business School lectures in May, he won’t be short of material.

He knows all about the art of building winning teams, how to deal with the pressure of the media and, of course, the secrets of time management, more commonly known in football circles as "Fergie Time."

Ferguson retired last May after claiming a 13th English Premier League title with United - the 49th and final trophy of an illustrious 39-year career in football management.

It’s a record of unparalleled achievement, but barely a year after the Scot stepped down it appears there is one gaping hole in the Ferguson management repertoire - successful succession planning. FULL POST