Meet the Team USA sports science guru transforming Everton

24 August  6 Comments  [Jump to last]
Chris Bascombe on Iowa-born Dr Peter Vint, the former USA Olympics chief whom the club hired "to decode the winning formula" of that country's dominance of international athletics and apply it to the Premier League.

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Karl Masters
1 Posted 24/08/2016 at 00:38:46
Indeed an innovative move by a Everton which I personally applaud.

Team Sky in Cycling have shown just what marginal gains can do for performance.

Of course, this is all well and good if other people at the Club accept and buy into it, rather than treating it with suspicion...

David Ellis
2 Posted 24/08/2016 at 00:48:10
This guy was appointed under the Martinez regime – it's sounds very sensible to me, and hopefully will lead to a production line of kids that can make it into the first team – that is the "medal line" in soccer.
Mike Allison
3 Posted 24/08/2016 at 07:53:34
I read this yesterday, there's a lot to be excited about in here. I always felt we were a bit complacent about our academy and should look to be more ambitious with it.
Thomas Surgenor
4 Posted 24/08/2016 at 08:34:39
The trio of Vint, Walsh and Moshiri all have one thing in common; building for sustainable long term success.

It could be another 5/6 years before we profit from most of their decisions. Brighter times are coming!

I like the what we are attempting to do. I'd much prefer success to come from a project of hard work and sustainability rather than an instant quick fix of millions of pounds worth of personal loans that would cripple the club if the benefactor ever sold up and left.

Jay Wood
5 Posted 25/08/2016 at 13:04:09
I heard mention of this article and appointment on another thread, so I am grateful for the link.

Both an interesting article and appointment. Recruiting the man charged with finding US medal prospects in an Olympic year BEFORE the Rio games is impressive.

His methods echo those of Dave Brailsford, manager of the hugely successful Sky cycling team, who improved all his cyclists by the "aggregation of marginal gains.” That is “the 1 percent margin for improvement in everything you do."

So if you can improve 100 small things in your performance... you do the numbers!

I like the remit he has been given: make Everton the best football academy in the world. I also like the very candid nature of our newest American, acknowledging how little he knows about football, but he is here to complement the deeper knowledge of the game the academy coaches have, not to compete against them.

Another interesting pillar in place alongside the appointments of Koeman and Walsh.

IMO the article merits greater prominence on TW's home page to encourage more folk to read it.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 25/08/2016 at 18:22:42
I'm old fashioned and sceptical, I'll wait and see how the players develop under Mr. Vint, wonder how much he is being paid, he was appointed by Robert Elstrone, no wonder I am sceptical about this move.

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