Sam Allardyce

Allardyce monitors Palace homework with Pushfor

SAM ALLAYDYCE is sending his Crystal Palace players homework using an app called Pushfor - and it also allows him to track whether they’ve done it or not.

Palace staff push video to individual players both pre and post match using their own branded version of the cloud-based sharing service.

The video could be of a player’s direct opponent, their movement at set pieces etc, and is viewable on a variety of devices.

This, in itself, isn’t unique, but what is different is the fact that Allardyce and his staff are able to get analytics showing how the players have used the content - or whether they have watched it at all.

So anyone skipping their homework will be found out.

They are also able to set expiry dates, recall videos and limit how many times a clip can be accessed, which can be important for security.

Palace introduced Pushfor before Allardyce arrived, but the formed England boss had not used it before.

He used to send players video clips on email at Sunderland.

Liam Sweeting, Senior Performance Analyst at Palace, said: “Pushfor has become a fail-safe tool for us and a vital part of our working week. Players are using Pushfor in their own unique way, to suit their individual needs; some are known to watch videos in the comfort of their home, while others use it right before a match.”

John Safa, who founded Wimbledon headquartered Pushfor in 2013, added: “Football is becoming smarter and data performance analysis has paved the way for a statistics-driven approach to most areas of sports. The way players receive information must match this revolution.

“Pushfor helps Crystal Palace provide the right content to the right players at the right time, allowing them to focus on their improvements in private.”

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