Is The New Mentor Effect A Real Phenomenon?

At the time of producing, 10 Bundesliga coaches have been fired and replaced mid-year, with atleast a few more presently established to leave soon after the season. Usually it is mainly because of a career improperly carried out, but it can also be just to convey in a breath of fresh air. To start off a clean sheet and give the workforce new self-confidence.

I’ve read the old cliché about the initial recreation of a new mentor numerous periods when speaking to bettors. That the blend of the staff getting fired up and seeking to prove them selves to the new coach and the crew remaining underrated by the opposition tends to make the first match with a new mentor the perfect time for backing a crew.

It really is something I have found for a though, but have not gotten all around to checking the accuracy of. This morning, I gathered the entire list of all coaches fired mid-period from the huge four (Bundesliga, Leading League, La Liga and Serie A) leagues and checked how the teams did in the initially game with the new coach.

Here’s the entire listing:


* Steve McLaren -> Pierre Littbarski (7 feb)
* Pierre Littbarski -> Felix Magath (15 mar)

* Armin Veh -> Michael Önning (14 mar)

* Christian Gross -> Jens Keller (13 oct)
* Jens Keller -> Bruno Labbadia (12 dec)

* Zvonimir Soldo -> Frank Schäfer (24 oct)

* Schalke 04
* Felix Magath -> Ralf Rangnick (15 mar)

* Ralf Rangnick -> Mario Pezzaiouli (1 jan)

* Michael Frontzeck -> Lucien Favre (13 feb)

Premier League

Aston Villa
* Martin O’Neill -> Gerard Houllier (9 sep)

* Chris Houghton -> Alan Pardew (8 dec)

* Sam Allardyce -> Steve Kean (13 dec)

* Roy Hodgson -> Kenny Dalglish (7 jan)

Serie A:

* Franco Colombo -> Alberto Malesani (29 aug)

* Gian Piero Gasperini -> Davide Ballardini (8 nov)

o Guiseppe Iachini -> Mario Beretta (6 dec)
o Mario Beretta -> Guiseppe Iachini (30 jan)
o Inter
o Rafael Benitez – Leonardo (23 dec)
o Catania
o Marco Giampaolo -> Diego Simeone (18 jan)
o Bari
o Giampiero Ventura -> Bortolo Mutti (10 feb)
o Roma
o Claudio Ranieri -> Vincenzo Montanella (20 feb)
o Palermo
o Delio Rossi -> Serse Cosmi (28 feb)
o Sampdoria
o Domenico di Carlo -> Alberto Cavasin (7 mar)

La Liga

o Jose Antonio Camacho -> Jose Luis Medilibar (14 feb)

Racing Santander
o Miguel Angel Portugal -> Marcelino Garcia Toral (7 feb)

o Juanma Lillo -> Jose Luis Oltra (nov)

o Jose Gay -> Javier Aguirre (18 nov)

o Jesualdo Ferreira -> Manuel Pellegrini (2 nov)

o Antonio Alvarez -> Gregorio Manzano (30 sep)

There is just one or two occasions the place the new coach hasn’t experienced time to participate in any games yet, as with Eintracht Frankfurt.

There are 29 scenarios on this list. When that unquestionably isn’t really sufficient to attract any absolute conclusions from, it really should nonetheless develop some intriguing outcomes. If, in point, the New Coach Influence is comprehensive nonsense, numbers must reflect that.

But they never. Out of these 29 games, 13 had been received by the workforce with the new mentor, 6 were drawn and ten were lost.

That’s a W/D/L proportion of 44.8{4794e2a5af98421425d757e3e406e9ebc22e0d7579733cf825e9c79e4a650b20}/20.7{4794e2a5af98421425d757e3e406e9ebc22e0d7579733cf825e9c79e4a650b20}/34.5{4794e2a5af98421425d757e3e406e9ebc22e0d7579733cf825e9c79e4a650b20}, or 1.55 league points for every sport on normal. Thinking about the managerial turmoil and terrible sort of very much each staff on the listing and contemplating that about half of the video games have been performed away, having 1.55 details for every video game is very spectacular.

It is the equivalent efficiency of a leading quarter desk in any of the leagues. To give you a comparison, here is some groups that has taken a lot less than 1.55 factors per game this year:

o Hamburger SV
o Schalke 04
o Liverpool
o Everton
o Sevilla
o Athletico Madrid
o Juventus
o Palermo

Of program variance could be the important cause in these astonishing numbers, but I question it. But if there was unquestionably no real truth to the theory, then we actually shouldn’t see a staff portfolio containing teams like Almeria, Brescia, Blackburn and Borussia Mönchengladbach outperform a portfolio that contains Hamburg, Liverpool, Sevilla and Juventus above 30 game titles.

When Eintracht Frankfurt faces Wolfsburg on March 4, both equally sides will have a new supervisor. Even nevertheless Felix Magath has really previously done a person activity for his new side, I think it is really pretty safe and sound to say that the effect he has still left on Wolfsburgs morale would not use off very that easily.

Magath has been described as a “quick-term mentor”, implying he is fantastic for whipping an undisciplined, unmotivated workforce into shape, but in the very long phrase, the romance strains brought on by his totalitarian management design will make retaining that morale really tricky.

In this circumstance, I feel Magaths impact on Wolfsburg trumps Christoph Daums impact on Frankfurt. But then once more, who am I to concern these types of a seemingly effective phenomenon?