We put the following questions to our team at 21st Club this week:
Though the questions are incredibly simple – and about a sport we’ve each followed religiously for decades – no one got all the questions right to within the margin of error. Many of you will no doubt fail to get one or two […]
It’s often suggested that a consequence of lack of managerial job security is a lack of opportunities for young players. After all, if a head coach is fearful of losing his job, why would he take on a perceived risk?
However, the evidence suggests that this isn’t the case. In the big 5 European leagues, managers […]
Following the 2008 financial crash, Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane looked into what factors caused the crisis. He discovered that breaching the regulations set out in Basel II – a complex 347-page document that attempted to ensure banks remained safe – proved a less effective predictor of failure than a crude rule of […]
The recently completed 2016/17 NBA season was the first to pass without a single head coach being fired since 1970/71. Given that the league saw 18 in-season sackings between 2012 and 2016, the current stability of NBA coaching jobs is unprecedented in the modern era. It remains to be seen whether 2016/17 will stand as […]
Given that the average managerial tenure in the English Football League is just 1.3 years, we should be constantly monitoring the availability and suitability of potential future managers or head coaches.
Even if a club has no immediate intention of changing their manager, coaching turnover is high across football and it pays to be ready for […]
We know from our research that, in the long run, managerial changes on average make little difference to the performance of a team. That isn’t to say, however, that smart hires can’t turn a struggling team around.
When we look through our database of managers who did improve performance in their first 20 matches in charge, […]
Last week’s sacking of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri evoked an understandably fervent response. Many felt that having won the league, the Italian deserved the opportunity to continue his tenureship, while others simply felt that in a results business he had failed to assure the club that he was still the right man for the […]
The hiring of a new manager or head coach always brings renewed hope and expectation. There’s talk of ‘fresh ideas’ and a ‘clean slate’, and most teams enjoy a rebound in results from the previous regime (even if this is mostly regression to the mean).
And yet we know that in major European leagues, 8 out […]
In arguably the most intriguing Europa League competition in its short history, it’s worth taking a look at the managers / head coaches who have guided – at least in part – their teams to the last eight.
Some of the names on the list below have major trophies and reputations that go before them, but […]
- In any ordinary organisation, philosophical alignment is a key factor in success. If the people on the shop floor can endorse the organisation’s vision, the people in head office have a greater chance of achieving it. It is for this reason that much time, energy and money is spent on communicating the organisation’s vision to those that will help to achieve it.