Friday, January 20, 2012

An Alternative History of Premier League Champions

A post long time coming has finally gone live over at the Transfer Price Index that re-orders all 19 seasons worth of Premier League tables based upon transfer fees.  The model used to generate the data for the post is the same m£XIR model I used extensively in the second half of last year for posts analyzing Aston Villa, David Moyes, and Arsene Wenger.

Statheads should find the full alternative table by season very entertaining.  They'll also find the number of m£XIR championships won by Manchester United, even when taking transfer fees into effect, to be a bit too much to believe.  Readers should keep in mind that the majority of these came during the era of Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, and the Nevilles and that therefore they had an abnormally low overall transfer expenditure for their success.  While United's total number of championships is reduced, they still remain the overall leader.

Liverpool and Arsenal fans will be pleased to see how well their clubs do when transfer spending is taken into account when evaluating success.  The more rare Nottingham Forest fan will also find something to like in this post.  Along with each season's rankings I've also provided a compilation of all time best single season performances regardless of which season they occurred within.

I'll follow up next month with another post in the m£XIR series where I look at each manager's overall PPM differential to the m£XIR model.  This will allow for the evaluation of each manager's complete tenure versus others.