nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2007‒01‒06
one paper chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of the Beira Interior

  1. Coaching for Survival: The Hazards of Head Coach Careers in the German “Bundesliga” By Bernd Frick; Carlos Pestana Barros; José Passos

  1. By: Bernd Frick; Carlos Pestana Barros; José Passos
    Abstract: This article analyzes how long head coaches survive in the clubs of the first German football league (“Bundesliga”), where the dismissal of a presumably weak coach is a generally adopted procedure in case of a poor sporting performance of the team. We use duration models for repeated events to accommodate the correlation within individuals. We find that the head coaches of successful teams and those working during the more recent “three points rule” period are more likely to survive in the Bundesliga. Moreover, the head coaches of clubs with relatively high team wage bills are likely to survive for shorter periods of time.
    Keywords: Duration Models; Head Coach Dismissal; Soccer; Bundesliga; Germany
    JEL: L83 M12 M51

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