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August 25, 2011

Managers Turnover in England's Premier League

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MANCHESTER UNITED'S win at the weekend gives an early hint that business will continue as usual in this new season of Premier League football. The club's boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, is not only the most successful manager in the league's history, but also the only one to have kept his job since its inception in 1992, when England's top clubs broke away from the ruling Football League. The common perception is that the blood-letting of top coaches has become ever more frequent. But in fact Premier-League managers tend to keep their jobs for longer than their counterparts in the lower divisions. Of the ten longest-serving managers in the top four divisions of English football, five ply their trade in the Premier League. And in the 1994-95 season, a sort of annus horribilis when the Premier League lost 14 managers, the two divisions below lost 16 and 22 managers respectively. Since 1992, 280 managers from the second tier and 240 from the third have left their clubs, while the Premier League has lost just 150, a figure comparable with the 160 or so who left jobs in the top flight in the previous two ( economist )