Coach dismissal during the season and its impact on team performance in European top 5 leagues

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School of Business | Bachelor's thesis
Date
2021
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Degree programme
Tieto- ja palvelujohtaminen
Language
en
Pages
32
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Abstract
This paper studies how the change of head coach in the middle of the season affects a team’s success. Data have been collected from the top 5 leagues in Europe between the seasons 2015/2016 and 2019/2020. In measuring the success of the head coach changes in the middle of the season, I used the actual results, i.e., points, and used the expected points (xP) to measure the development of the team’s game performances between head coaches. In comparing the head coaches, I used a short time frame and a longer time frame. After the change of head coach during the short time frame, the teams did better in terms of both points and expected points (xP) than before the change of head coach. In the longer term, teams are able to collect more points and game performances are better under the new head coach. However, the results showed that the team is not able to collect points or expected points as well as in short time frame. Despite of this, I conclude that replacement of head coaches does improve team performance.
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Seppälä, Tomi
Keywords
football, managerial turnover, expected points, team performance
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