Former Rangers striker and captain Lee McCulloch has dumped coaching for good after suggesting the game has become too data-driven and not focused enough on ‘what you see with the eye’.
The recent Hearts assistant coach to Robbie Neilson was speaking on BBC Radio Scotland about Neilson’s new gig, and how he was asked by Neilson to join him, but Rangers’ ex-player turned it down and admitted the coaching and management world isn’t for him any more.
He’s not wrong.
Only yesterday Ibrox Noise ran an article about the nonsense of Ianis Hagi bigging himself up via xG and xA – or ‘expected goals’ and ‘expected assists’ and how utterly intangible such tot is – Jig is saying pretty much the same thing.
That instead of actually looking at a player and what he’s physically doing on the pitch, managers and coached are looking at metrics, stats and data almost too much, and ignoring what a player actually does ‘in one’s eye’.
Now, of course there’s nothing wrong with using data, as long as it’s only a tool that’s being employed as part of the job – any tools helping the manager and coaches is not to be sniffed at.
But the amount of tech and data being employed these days does rather threaten to overtake the old-school approach of managing players and watching them do their thing.
And we don’t blame Jig for choosing instead to stick with punditing.