Expert: Leicester City blown out of the water after Mladen Sormaz deal complete
Mladen Sormaz likely left Leicester City to join 777 Partners because of the far greater cash on offer in the private equity industry.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Sormaz became the Foxes’ first head of analytics when he joined from Huddersfield Town in 2019.
As relayed by Training Ground Guru last Wednesday (8 June), he has now signed a deal with London-based firm 777 Partners to head up their data department.
Sormaz is 777’s second recruit from a Premier League club in recent weeks after Man City’s Don Dransfield joined as a strategist.
Dinnery explained why some of the best behind-the-scenes talents are choosing to move out of football.
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“As in all walks of life, if someone comes along and offers you more money, that will turn your head,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“But if you are keen to protect your assets, clubs at the highest level are able to pay vast sums of money. It becomes a question of how much value is placed on the services you bring.
“As one person leaves, however, there is a queue ready to take their place. There may be an element of shirt-sightedness with regards to that. It may explain why they don’t necessarily pay the best wages.
“Working within elite sports, there are huge demands. The hours are difficult and so is the work-life balance. There is a lot of time spent on the road, and it’s not easy. It isn’t for everyone.
“If someone comes along and offers you a lot more money and a better work-life balance, you’d be a fool not to give that some consideration.”