Oakland As, Moneyball and Football Manager

As a dedicated Football Manager player and fervent reader of sports literature, my views on football and how it should be played are constantly being twisted and mutated. Every book drastically changes my FM behaviour and likewise, the results of FM experiments can affect the way in which I receive potential ideas in books. Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson and Brilliant Orange by David Winner have clearly moulded my tactical and philosophical approach to Football Manager as well as my armchair punditry on real life games. Strangely, the book which inspired me to write this, what can only be described as a ridiculously verbose and incoherent collection of points, doesn’t even touch upon football and resembles less of a sports book than a rags-to-riches story about the usefulness of business nous and statistics.

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