The Club is pleased to announce that it has resolved its dispute with the MBC (Manager Broadcasting Corporation). After some fruitful negotiations with our good friends at Aberdon the MBC has agreed to stop transferring our broadcasting fees to Robin Hood Enterprises, at least for the time being. We are therefore pleased to be able to bring you the first of a two part review of the season just ended.
Welcome Gaffer, The Gers managed to successfully defend the league title. You must be very pleased.
Aye, delighted of course, but credit to Partick who gave us the long hard struggle that we anticipated.
Yes definitely, Gaffer. What do you think tipped the scales in our favour?
Well there is very little to chose between Partick and ourselves, especially when we meet. However, there is a difference in the way our squads are built. In my opinion, you can either build a squad to primarily maximise percentage shot chance ('possession') but at the expense of shot conversion rates ('shooting power') or you can attempt to maximise shot conversion rates but at the expense of percentage shot chance. I have chosen the latter approach whereas I believe that Partick have adopted the former.
Interesting, Gaffer, but can you give us an example to illustrate what you mean?
Certainly. My experience has been that I have won more games by fielding a side where I have maximised shot conversion rates at the expense of a small drop in percentage shot chance. The trick is to get the right balance for your squad. If you compare Partick with ourselves, whenever we meet I know that Partick will have a slight possession advantage over us, around 0.5%. However, we will have the better shooting power. So if we can generate a similar number of shots then our chances of winning will be better. For example if you compare the shooting power of the six best shooters in our two squads against, say against an SL27 GK, Partick have on average a 36.7% chance of scoring from each shot on target whereas our scoring chance is 42.7%. Small margins, yes, but over the course of a season I think it will enable us to win more games, which is what happened.
Thanks for that Gaffer. Were there any particular problems you felt the team had to overcome during this season's campaign.
Aye, there were two which nearly derailed our championship ambitions. Having just extolled the virtues of our shooting power it failed us dismally during the first half of the league campaign. I just couldn't believe what was happening. We couldn't convert chances to the extent that we were next to bottom of the shot conversion table at the halfway stage. Fortunately, normality returned during the second half of the campaign and we shot up the table to finish second. The second issue we had to contend with was injuries. I've never known a campaign like it. We had a lot of early game injuries which are the worst type. I'd far rather have a player suspended than injured. A first half injury has an adverse effect on three players because of the way I manage the squad's EL values.
Oh? Please explain, Gaffer
Well, the injured player is adversely affected, obviously. Then the substitute, Player X, comes on prematurely so uses more EL than planned. The second knock-on effect is that Player Y who should have been replaced by Player X later in the game is forced to play a full game. So essentially, a first half injury has an adverse effect on the EL values of the injured player, Player X and Player Y. If that happens a number of times over a short period of time then your squad EL management can go quickly out of control.
Wow, I didn't appreciate that Gaffer. No wonder you were getting frustrated with all our injury woes. Well, time has run out so thanks once again for your insight Gaffer.
Till next time..............Enjoy the close season sunshine!