Matt McKeen on The Nowhere Men

The Nowhere Men

Matt McKeen talks about ‘The Nowhere Men’, Mike Calvin’s award-winning account of football’s scouting industry. “This is a love story disguised as an insight into football’s inequality and mismanagement.”

Good books are finished far too soon, whilst great books don’t end on the last page; you remain entranced. I needed a book to help me pass the time. I got lucky; I stumbled across a great book.

The award-winning The Nowhere Men reports on the struggle of scouts in today’s football industry. It balances reflections on their history as well as their future.

This is a love story disguised as an insight into football’s inequality and mismanagement. Scouts are not extinct. Scouting is an underpaid, undervalued profession. When clubs run low on capital, scouting departments are the first to go, but they remain essential to a club’s effective and efficient recruitment.

Since Billy Beane’s success using statistics at Oakland Athletics, elite sport has acquired an obsession. Numbers are the present, scouts are the past – the future must be a fusion of the two.

Matt McKeen

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