Last night, BBC Radio 5 live broadcast an interesting discussion about playing "Moneyball" in football and other popular UK sports. The discussion provides a nice overview of the issue, along with interviews of Billy Beane, Damien Comolli, Steve McLaren, and others. Here's the synopsis from 5 live:
"On the eve of the UK release of the film Moneyball, based on the influential book, 5 live Sport takes a special look at the growing influence of statistics in sport. In the United States, The Oakland As' general manager Billy Beane, through the unsentimental use of statistics, exploited inefficiencies in the market for baseball talent and built a low-budget team that triumphed over lavishly-funded opposition. Colin Murray is joined by reporter Jonathan Legard, Phil Clarke director at the Sports Office, Gavin Fleig performance analyst at Manchester City and Professor Bill Gerard, performance consultant at Saracens to discuss whether the methods of Beane can be as effective within UK sport."
You can directly access and download a podcast of the program here.