Manchester United have announced the appointment of a Director of Data Science in a bid to drive forward the club’s use of data, it has been confirmed.
Dominic Jordan has been assigned to the role, an experienced data analyst with a background in geospatial analytics, Manchester United said on their official website.
Jordan, who is believed to be starting the role immediately, will be tasked with improving the communication between the football departments at the club through a data perspective. Jordan was previously at the forefront of Manchester-business N Brown Group, one of the country’s biggest retailers.
“I have seen first-hand how data used in the right way can transform organisations of all kinds,” Jordan told ManUtd.com after taking the new job. “I would only take a role where the desire to use data to evolve and enhance decision-making comes from the top. So, to get the opportunity to do exactly that for the football club I love – well, it was a no-brainer.”
It remains to be seen how the new appointment affects Manchester United’s first-team on the pitch but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to pick the brains of United’s newest recruit, having ramped up data analysis when he took over as caretaker manager in December 2018, following the exit of Jose Mourinho.