Data > Opinion
I’ve spent the best part of the last 15 years working in the tech industry and there’s one thing that people with opinions don’t seem to like – data. The most successful organizations employ smart people to analyze data and make decisions. Where there’s a hunch, data can substantiate. Where there’s doubt, data can show positivity. Data is what it is.
The apps we use. The websites we visit. The food we eat. What technology we buy. Data is now an intrinsic part of our lives, and whether you realize it or not, someone somewhere is using your data to make decisions on how to market to you, how to speak to you, what ads you see, and what emails you receive.
My day job is to analyze large data sets and make decisions, with context, that I believe to be in the best interests of the organization I’m employed by. Over the past two decades I’ve spent time coaching travel soccer and I’ve attended licenses through the USSF (United States Soccer Federation) and USC (United Soccer Coaches). As a lifetime Newcastle United fan, and soccer fan in general, I’ve often thought about combining my love for the game and the core skillset I use everyday – so I have.
It’s my aim for this website to take a thoroughly data-driven approach to analyzing soccer. Initially I’ll be taking a look at Newcastle United and Nashville Soccer Club. Occasionally I’ll review other data sets that have been provided to me, so if there’s any data you wish to be analysed, please reach out.
Note: You will see that I’ve used the Queen’s English and American English. As a Geordie living in the States for almost 20 years, old habits still die hard.
The data used for my analysis of Newcastle United is publicly available from the Premier League’s website. No infringement of copyright or misuse of data is intended in any way.