‘Hire and Fire’ simply doesn’t work

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Why are the likes of Cardiff still caught in a ‘hire and fire’ culture?

Date: 5th March 2014 at 7:00pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Sacking statistics in English football are astounding. In the last year, no less than 100 managers from the 92 professional clubs have felt the full brunt of the proverbial sacking axe, while just 3% of all current managers have been in their current jobs for more than five years. The average tenure of a top flight manager is now just over a year (373 days). The Premier League still holds a managerial institution in Arsenal's Arsene Wenger as a lonesome beacon of positivity, but since the summer, eight gaffers from the English top flight have already been ousted from their respective posts. One in particular - Fulham's Rene Muelensteen - lasted just 13 games in the dugout, before being relinquished of his Craven Cottage duties in favour of Bundesliga title-winner Felix Magath. There's now a whole sub-market of the betting industry entirely devoted to predicting who will be the next victim of a trigger-happy Premier League owner, headed by notorious odds-checking site thesackrace.com, and the small period preceding the January window has been dubbed by West Ham's Sam Allardyce, and resultantly the British media, as 'sacking season'. Yet there is surprisingly little evidence to suggest that changing management mid-season is by any means a fruitful venture. According to statistics released by the LMA, a new appointment in the Premier League usually brings a 2.5 points average for the following match, but ... Read More

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