Brentford's focus on the human touch belies Moneyball reputation | Jonathan Liew
Team facing Tottenham in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final has several overlooked players who have found their true homeRasmus Ankersen, the director of football at Brentford, often likes telling the story of his first meeting with Matthew Benham, the club’s owner. It was 2013 and with Brentford third in League One, Ankersen decided to make some small talk. “Do you think you’re going to go up?” Ankersen asked. Benham turned to him. “Well,” he replied, “at the moment we have a 42.3% chance.”This is the sort of story people like to tell about Brentford: a club bought by a gambling tycoon with a lust for numbers, staffed by a small army of analysts and disruptors applying regression curves and game theory to the EFL on a rainy Tuesday night. Th...
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