Should Football Coaches Wear a Suit? The Impact of Skill and Management Structure on Serie A Clubs’ Performance

29 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2015

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Costanza Torricelli

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - Department of Economics; Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) - Center for Research in Banking and Finance (CEFIN); Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies (CeRP)

Maria Cesira Urzí Brancati

CeRP; JRC-Seville

Luca Mirtoleni

Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) - Center for Research in Banking and Finance (CEFIN)

Date Written: July 28, 2014

Abstract

This paper implements the methodology proposed by Bell et al. (2013) for the English Premier League to test the performance of football club coaches in the Italian Serie A, so as to explore the robustness of this approach to a different setup. Our results show that, over the seasons 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, only two coaches out of 49 outperform, three underperform, while the great majority performed as expected. It follows that conclusions about the appropriate sacking time are not easy and the final decision is determined by other circumstances. Although comparison with Premier League has to be taken with caution, our results show that, in the presence of the management structure and the tactical approach typical of Serie A, the model can pick up a few very extreme skill levels but it cannot differentiate among the great majority of coaches.

Keywords: manager performance, football clubs, Italian premier league (Serie A), fixed effects, bootstrap

JEL Classification: M12, G11, C15

Suggested Citation

Torricelli, Costanza and Urzí Brancati, Maria Cesira and Mirtoleni, Luca, Should Football Coaches Wear a Suit? The Impact of Skill and Management Structure on Serie A Clubs’ Performance (July 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2652640

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