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PremierLeague-News.Com - Thanks to online platforms a much wider demographic of football obsessives is landing scouting and football analysis jobs all over Europe

Uk News Meet the WyScout generation transforming football scouting and analytics United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Thanks to online platforms a much wider demographic of football obsessives is landing scouting and football analysis jobs all over Europe

Uk News  Meet the WyScout generation transforming football scouting and analytics United Kingdom news
07 April 2021 - 07:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! As data and technology make the world a smaller, digitally-driven place, football scouting and coaching has been transformed in recent times.In the past, shady characters in dark clothing could be seen at stadiums, big and small, spying on potential signings. There is no need for such cunning now as there are hours of video on every player in the world available at the click of a mouse. The scouts and coaches doing the clicking have changed quite a bit, too.“I’m followed by a couple of Championship managers on Twitter, and a few in Scotland, too, ones I have had a few conversations with about games,” Oli O’Connell, a 23-year-old Lancaster-based economics graduate turned talent scout and football analyst for clubs in Belgium and Sweden, tells i.i's fantasy football tips newsletter: get aheadEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.“That informal connection with people in important positions is the reason I’m in the role I am in now. You never know who’s watching.” Welcome to the world of new-age football analysts. Read More ‘Everyone is at it’: Why it’s time for football to scrap its tapping up rules The old-school, ex-player turned scout still exists, but thanks to online platforms like Wyscout, a much wider demographic of football obsessives is landing scouting and football analysis jobs all over Europe, without ever having set foot in the training ground, or even the country, of the clubs they work for.Often straight out of university, they are finding themselves in roles not previously open to them. The route in is not defined, but it certainly helps if you create an online profile, and have a statistics-heavy, tactically focused blog.“Clubs are realising they don’t have to do things the traditional way,” O’Connell adds. “There’s no reason why I cannot work for a Belgian club from my bedroom in Lancaster. After university, I did 15 months accounting at Price Waterhouse Coopers but left to pursue a career in football.“I started doing analysis of the Uni team before branching out to other clubs, using any footage I could get my hands on. I got a decent following on Twitter because of that. Once people see what you can offer, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t played the game before.”These new, younger analysts are finding the industry anything but conventional, however. O’Connell cannot say anything more about who he works for, other than they are a “Champions League-chasing” Belgian side and a second-tier Swedish club.He’s never met anyone at either club – Covid hasn’t helped – but in the era of Zoom calls and meetings on Microsoft Teams, he doesn’t really have to.

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. “I guess us wanting to hand out information?Many analysts provide scouting reports from their own homes using platforms like WyScout“I knew I’d have to find a different route, having not been a player. I’m in my second year at Leeds Beckett University on a sports coaching course. If you set your mind to something it can take you anywhere – I am showing that, working in Sweden from my parents’ house.”Ditto the news that Scottish Premiership side Dundee United had hired a 17-year-old from Bangalore, in India, to help them with their coaching and scouting data analysis. The path of Ashwin Raman, who blogged about football in an analytical way for years, building up a large following, is becoming more well-trodden.“People say, ‘oh, it is a mad thing that you are doing with Ashwin’. It’s not really, he’s just good at his job,” Stevie Grieve, head of opposition scouting at Tannadice, tells i. “Why does it matter that he’s a teenager from Bangalore?“From a young age he’s shown bravery in putting his work online for people to scrutinise. And from that comes a level of conviction in your work and, in most cases with Ashwin, a level of quality.”Remote working, even when Covid-19 subsides, is probably here to stay, especially for this tech-savvy generation. “Develop an online profile so more people can access you,” Grieve adds, when asked for his tips on how more can follow O’Connell, Hall and Raman into analysis.“Writing books on coaching opened doors for me. I advertised myself and got a job on TV talking about football. Online blogs and websites can be the modern version of that.“It can snowball quickly. You just have to have a high level of knowledge, showcase your work and be brave enough to put it online.“But modern football analysis isn’t replacing traditional scouting or coaching, it is adding to it. With these guys in Belgium or Sweden, how successful they are will determine how this progresses. The opportunities are out there.”More on the Premier League‘I want Burnley to be the UK’s favourite underdog’Young-Myles: The case for Spurs retaining Mourinho is diminishing by the week The making of Everton’s versatile defender whose rise surprised even his own manager Hall: Martial is running out of chances to prove he is part of the future at Man Utd The Czech ‘warriors’ who rose from obscurity to fire West Ham into European contention

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