, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 267–278 | Cite as

Changing of the guards: New coaches in Austria’s premier football league

  • Franz Wirl
  • Simon Sagmeister
Original Paper


Professional team sports provide an ideal real world experiment to explore the effect of top executive replacement due to the availability of excellent performance data. This paper investigates how replacing the coach affects the performance of football teams. Analyzing almost 2,000 matches of the Austrian premier football league by ordinal (probit) regression techniques we find that a new coach tends to enhance team performance in home matches but to weaken it in away matches. However, neither of these effects turns out to be statistically significant. Nevertheless, the much discussed coach effect—ousting an underperforming coach in order to improve team performance at least temporarily—may make sense despite the costs involved by providing stronger ex-ante incentives for effort.


Corporate governance Impact of new management (coaches) Soccer Bundesliga 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Business StudiesUniversity of ViennaWienAustria

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