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Coaches on Fire or Firing the Coach? Evidence of the Impact of Coach Changes on Team Performance from Italian Serie A

Alessandro Argentieri, Luciano Canova and Matteo Manera ()
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Alessandro Argentieri: Agricultural University of Ecuador
Luciano Canova: Eni Corporate University, Scuola Eni Enrico Mattei

No 2019.23, Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Abstract: In this paper, football data from the 2007/2008 to 2016/2017 seasons of the Italian Serie A were used to identify the effects of replacing a coach mid-season due to poor team performance. We used an instrumental variable approach to correlate coach turnover within a season with player productivity and found a very low positive impact of the coach change in the short term but a significant negative impact in the long term. Our findings are also relevant to the literature on management replacement in small-size firms.

Keywords: Italian Football Data; Coach Changes; Team Performance; Models for Panel Data; Instrumental Variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 C36 M51 Z22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-10
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