The effect when a football coach is sacked

Het Nederlands Dagblad
Erasmus School of Economics

Following the dismissal of the trainer of Fortuna Sittard, Jan van Ours, professor of Applied Economics at Erasmus School of Economics, explains in the Nederlands Dagblad what the effect of such a dismissal is.

Rumour has it that the coach, Sjors Ultee, has been sent packing to make room for a new trainer. Although Fortuna Sittard has lost three in a row, critics of the dismissal immediately point to the possibility of this happening and the injuries the football team is suffering.

Empirical research into the effect of changing trainers

According to Van Ours, the dismissal is also hardly understandable: 'If you analyse the dismissals of trainers, you come to the conclusion that they have at most a positive short-term effect. There is often a short-lived recovery that can be attributed to psychological factors. On average, clubs do not make a profit in the longer term.' The short-term effect can be explained by footballers' awareness that something has to change. Everyone has to prove themselves again and there is a lot of focus on change. However, in the longer term, any positive effect does not last, on average.

Jan van Ours, Professor of Applied Economics (with focus on Labour, Health, and Well-Being)
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