Eddie Howe has further bolstered his Newcastle United backroom team with the appointment of Andrew Forrester as Data Analyst.
The boyhood Magpies fan has more than a decade of experience having recently worked at Ai Abacus as a product & business development manager, where he was tasked with “building a product to assist clubs to make smarter decisions in player recruitment.”
Prior to that role, Forrester spent 10 years as a technical consultant at Stats Perform - who recently announced a multi-year partnership with Newcastle, which included account management and performance analysis of the Qatar Stars League, Arabian Gulf League and surrounding regions.
Forrester has also worked as a performance and opposition analyst for Ajax Cape Town and South Africa under-20s, as well as being a senior performance analyst with Prozone.
“Over the moon to have accepted a role as a Data Analyst for Newcastle United supporting the first team,” Forrester announced on Twitter.
“To work for the club I’ve grown up supporting is an incredible feeling and I can’t wait to get going.”
Howe has continued to beef up his backroom team by creating several key roles, all of which are hugely important, but not always so obvious.
It was revealed earlier this month United had employed Andreas Kasper as their own in-house nutritionist.
“We need to produce a higher level of everything right across the board for the players,” Howe said earlier this year.
“We need to give them every tool that they need to produce their best performances on a consistent basis so whatever area of the club that is, whether it is analysis, food or sleep, we need to try and educate the players as best we can. You will only do that with the best staff.
“I don’t quite know what areas we will be looking to improve our product in but, certainly, that quest will never cease for me. It’s always about trying to help the players in any way that we can.”