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What does Ian Graham, Liverpool’s departing director of research, do?

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Liverpool were rocked by the news that, along with sporting director Julian Ward, director of research Ian Graham is set to depart.

Much less is known of the job of a director of research – but that doesn’t make the upcoming departure of Graham any less of a setback.

Graham, Spearman, Waskett and Steele focus on statistical analysis, while Howlett and Stevenson were merged from technology into the research department to maintain the databases and systems relied upon.

“Just the fact that he is open to it and intuitively understands the numbers, that’s enough.” Losing Graham is, undoubtedly, a setback for Liverpool, and given his arrival was facilitated by Edwards – and in turn, Graham brought in the likes of Spearman, Waskett and Steele – there could be concern about the team falling apart.

A Cambridge graduate, holding a PhD in physics, Graham leads a six-strong research team at Liverpool, comprised of: Those roles are, likely, alien to most of those who sit in the stands at Anfield game in, game out, but they are increasingly valuable in a pioneering system.

“And the real power of data analysis is when the data set is large.

It was a double blow for the Reds when the news broke that Ward had tendered his resignation, less than a year into his new role as sporting director.
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