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Prem managers stay in jobs longer than rest of Europe’s top five leagues

Premier League managers stay in their jobs for the longest time in Europe’s top five leagues.

And, incredibly, they stay twice as long in the Premier League as compared to Serie A, according to a major new survey on football management.

The study by research firm RunRepeat looked at data from the last decade and 815 managerial spells from the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Premier League managers get an average of 69.4 games in charge compared to Serie A where managers last an average of 34.1 games and, incredibly, 44 managers have lasted less than ten games in Italy’s top division.

December is also the most dangerous month for managers as it is when they are most likely to get sacked according to the survey.

Survey author Vyom Chaudhary admits that the data and results on English football have been “skewed” by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger staying in their jobs for so long.

Former Manchester United boss Ferguson and ex-Arsenal boss Wenger managed 1033 and 828 league games respectively. Without these two cases, Premier League managers average 56.1 games, thus putting Ligue 1 on top with 58.2 games.

Chaudhary said: “Serie A and La Liga have provided the least amount of stability to its managers during the past decade. 

“Ligue 1 and Premier League sides are comparatively patient with their managers and refrain from making mid-season changes. 

“What was even more striking about Serie A was the fact that relegation-threatened clubs often make multiple managerial changes in a single season. Our analysis suggests that the majority of these changes end in failures.

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“When it comes to relegation battles, Premier League clubs are more likely to make good managerial decisions than their counterparts in other leagues.

“The January transfer window might be controversial, but it plays a major role in managerial recruitment. Clubs forced to make mid-season managerial changes are most likely to do so during the months of December and January.”

The study also reveals the following:

  • Threat of relegation and being stuck in a relegation battle is the biggest reason for change.
  • Premier League clubs are most likely to make good managerial decisions in a relegation battle – leading to clubs staying up.
  • There is a direct link between changing managers in December or January – because clubs that do then go and buy in the January window.
  • August is the safest month for managers, although both Marcelo Bielsa (Lazio) and Stefano Pioli (Palermo) left their jobs without managing a single game.
  • The majority of the sackings during the off-season are made by top-half clubs, while the bottom-half clubs have dominated the sackings during the regular season.

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