In‐Season Head‐Coach Dismissals and the Performance of Professional Football Teams
14 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2015
Date Written: January 2016
This paper studies the causes and consequences of in‐season changes of the head‐coach 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.
JEL Classification: J44, L83
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