In-season head-coach dismissals and the performance of professional football teams

Jan van Ours, Martin van Tuijl

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-604
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

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In-season head-coach dismissals and the performance of professional football teams. / van Ours, Jan; van Tuijl, Martin.

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