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Coaching for survival: the hazards of head coach careers in the German 'Bundesliga'

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This article analyses how long head coaches survive in the clubs of the first German football league ('Bundesliga'), where the dismissal of a presumably weak coach is a generally adopted procedure in case of a poor sporting performance of the team. We use duration models for repeated events to accommodate the correlation within individuals. We find that the head coaches of successful teams and those working during the more recent 'Bosman Effect' period are more likely to survive in the Bundesliga. Moreover, the head coaches of clubs with relatively high team wage bills are likely to survive for shorter periods of time.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Technical University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, Lisbon, 1249-078 Lisbon, Portugal 2: University of Paderborn, Department of Management, D-33098 Paderborn 3: Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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