Numbers game fails to add up for Sam Allardyce and Everton | Richard Jolly

The manager’s cautious tactics continue in the derby stalemate against Liverpool as he opts for self- preservationLong before he forged a reputation as a one‑man insurance policy against relegation, Sam Allardyce was known for his fondness for facts and figures. He played the percentages in an essentially risk-averse brand of football. He has sought solace in the statistics. He still presents himself as a blend of old and new, traditional judgment and Moneyball-style metrics. “That’s the beauty of our matrix of statistics today, which backs up your eye,” he said.His notion is the numbers suppo...
 

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