DP10191 In-season head-coach dismissals and the performance of professional football teams
|Author(s):||Jan C. van Ours, Martin Van Tuijl|
|Publication Date:||October 2014|
|Keyword(s):||association football, coaches, performance|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
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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.