When Patrick Cryne switched to a version of 'Moneyball' and the incoming owners embraced it the club was considered as ground-breaking, and the strategy was reported in The Times and other national newspapers. Now, when variants of that strategy are mentioned Brentford are the club most likely to be identified with it. And it seems likely that a large number of other clubs are also likely to be utilising a variant of it at different levels. Given that clubs in our division - and possibly the higher reaches of League One - are probably fishing in the same pools, any competitive advantage we enjoyed has probably now largely eroded. It also seems that the current crop of players are some way from the halcyon days of Stones, Holgate, Mawson and Hourihane. There are far more players that have been brought in that appear to have been 'written off' over the last couple of years. The upshot of that is that while the new owners' stated aim was stability in the Championship, we appear to be staring down the barrel of a second relegation in their three-year tenure. It's probably fair to assume that our reputation for being a stepping-stone to further career progression has declined amongst younger players and their agents. So is 'the plan' still viable? I asked this question after Daniel Stendel's departure, and it looks just as pressing now.