In‐Season Head‐Coach Dismissals and the Performance of Professional Football Teams

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Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Martin van Tuijl

Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

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Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Tuijl, Martin van, In‐Season Head‐Coach Dismissals and the Performance of Professional Football Teams (January 2016). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 54, Issue 1, pp. 591-604, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695930 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12280

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

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University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
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Martin van Tuijl

Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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