Coaches on Fire or Firing the Coach? Evidence of the Impact of Coach Changes on Team Performance from Italian Serie A

31 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2019 Last revised: 21 Jan 2020

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Alessandro Argentieri

Agricultural University of Ecuador

Luciano Canova

Eni Corporate University

Matteo Manera

University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy

Date Written: October 25, 2019

Abstract

In this paper, football data from the 2007/2008 to 2016/2017 seasons of the Italian Serie A were used to identify the effects of replacing a coach mid-season due to poor team performance. We used an instrumental variable approach to correlate coach turnover within a season with player productivity and found a very low positive impact of the coach change in the short term but a significant negative impact in the long term. Our findings are also relevant to the literature on management replacement in small-size firms.

Keywords: Italian Football Data, Coach Changes, Team Performance, Models for Panel Data, Instrumental Variables

JEL Classification: C23, C36, M51, Z22

Suggested Citation

Argentieri, Alessandro and Canova, Luciano and Manera, Matteo, Coaches on Fire or Firing the Coach? Evidence of the Impact of Coach Changes on Team Performance from Italian Serie A (October 25, 2019). FEEM Working Paper No. 23.2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3475379 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3475379

Alessandro Argentieri

Agricultural University of Ecuador ( email )

Ecuador

Luciano Canova

Eni Corporate University ( email )

Italy

Matteo Manera (Contact Author)

University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS) ( email )

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