Edited by Neil Longley
Chapter 8: Magicians, scapegoats and firefighters: the peculiar role of head coaches in professional soccer
The chapter examines the impacts of coaches on team performance. It focuses on soccer, and analyzes the impact of head coach dismissals on the subsequent performance of the team. It examines the methodological difficulties in studying such a question, and highlights some of the important research in the area. It notes that, while the specific results vary widely across papers, there seems to be no strongly consistent evidence that coaching changes fundamentally improve team performance.
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