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

de Dios Tena, J and Forrest, DK 2007, 'Within-season dismissal of football coaches: statistical analysis of causes and consequences' , European Journal of Operational Research, 181 (1) , pp. 362-373.

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Abstract

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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Football, managerial change, scapegoat hypothesis, ordered probit, home advantage
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA275 Mathematical Statistics
Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0557 Sports
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Operations and Global Logistics Management
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Operational Research
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 03772217
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2007 13:56
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/816

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