In-Season Head-Coach Dismissals and the Performance of Professional Football Teams
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-058
36 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2014
Date Written: October 3, 2014
This paper studies the causes and consequences of in-season changes of the headcoach of association football teams. We exploit data from the highest level of Dutch professional football during 14 successive seasons. An in-season change of the head-coach depends on recent match results and the difference between actual results and expectations as measured using bookmaker data. We find that, after the head-coach has been replaced, teams perform better than before. However, the performance is also better than before for a control group of coach replacements that did not occur. From this we conclude that replacement of head-coaches does not improve team performance.
Keywords: association football, coaches, performance
JEL Classification: J44, L83
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