Anyone who's worried they're wasting their time poring over Football Manager statistics while trying to build the ultimate fantasy team can rest easy – that's exactly what the pros are doing too.
Premier League clubs will start to use information from the football management computer game to help them with player transfers. The new deal will make the 80,000-strong Football Manager database available to clubs to help scouts recruit new talent.
Sports Interactive, the creators of Football Manager, have agreed to share the information with Prozone Recruiter, an online tool that many top clubs use to organise their player recruitment.
Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson said, "For years we’ve heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using our data to help with the recruitment process. From now on, it’s official… real managers around the world will be finding and comparing players using data and a search system that will be very familiar to players of Football Manager."
Over 1300 scouts help to expand and organise the worldwide Football Manager database. Prozone CEO Thomas Schmider said, "The Sports Interactive database is a highly accurate and valuable resource that will further enhance the recruitment services that we provide."