Sunderland look to make two key appointments as lead data scientist and head of analysis and data jobs advertised

Sunderland are looking to make two key backroom appointments following the confirmation of Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ takeover.

Friday, 19th February 2021, 10:22 am

The club has advertised two jobs – lead data scientist and head of analysis and data - another positive sign of the aim to make key appointments in the football structure under the new owner.

Since Louis-Dreyfus’ planned takeover was first announced Lee Johnson has been appointed head coach, Kristjaan Speakman appointed sporting director and Steve Davison chief operating officer, tasked with 'spearheading business operations, overseeing and leading all non-football related functions at the Stadium of Light.'

The job advert for the lead data scientist, which ends on February 26, reads: ‘Sunderland AFC is recruiting for Lead Data Scientist to work within the club to inform decision making and underpin processes to create a performance culture based on evidence.

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Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.

‘Reporting to the Head of Analysis and Data to create a football and business operations technology and data roadmap this position will develop and standardise the club’s products, services and processes, and implement the performance analysis and data strategy.’

The head of analysis and data job advert closes on March 5.

It reads: ‘Sunderland AFC is looking to recruit a Head of Analysis and Data to work within the club to establish and support evidence led decision making across the football and business departments of the Club, through efficient and effective use of data and performance analysis.

‘Reporting to the Sporting Director and Chief Operating Officer this position will be the main interface between the football and business operations and the data/performance teams. The aim is to develop a common data and performance language understood by all parties to simply engagement, creating a football and business operations technology and data roadmap.’

The takeover was confirmed on Thursday, Louis-Dreyfus confirmed as the new chairman and majority shareholder with Stewart Donald, Charlie Methven and Juan Sartori all maintaining minor shareholdings in the club.

Louis-Dreyfus has been at the last three Sunderland games and confirmation of the takeover deal, once the EFL had completed their checks, has given supporters on Wearside a major boost.

The FPP Sunderland loan has also been settled, while there is the Papa John's Trophy Wembley final to look forward to next month as well.

Sunderland return to League One action on Saturday when they travel to Burton Albion.

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