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Within-season dismissal of football coaches: statistical analysis of causes and consequences

Tena Horrillo, Juan de Dios and Forrest, David (2007) Within-season dismissal of football coaches: statistical analysis of causes and consequences. European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 181 (1), p. 362-373. ISSN 0377-2217. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2006.05.024


The paper examines the triggers for, and, consequences of, within-season dismissals of managers (head coaches) in the top division of the Spanish Football League during seasons 2002–2003 to 2004–2005. A major reason for directors deciding on dismissal is shown to have been concern that the club in question was in danger of demotion out of the division. This suggests that the clubs hoped to bring about short-term improvement in performance by changing manager. Employing an ordered probit model of match results, we demonstrate that an improvement in results tended to be achieved but only in home matches. The finding vindicates the decisions taken by club directors who dismissed their managers and implies that appeasing fans can have on-the-field benefits. It is consistent with the importance attributed to crowd support in the literature on home advantage in sports.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2803
Uncontrolled Keywords:Football, managerial change, scapegoat hypothesis, ordered probit, home advantage
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/05 Econometria
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia, impresa, regolamentazione
Publisher:Elsevier Science
Deposited On:24 Aug 2009 09:57

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