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Football’s mad logic

English football clubs love sacking their managers—but it doesn’t improve results. So why do they keep on doing it?

By David Goldblatt   February 2011

Did Sam Allardyce (left) and Roy Hodgson deserve to get the boot?

As is traditional in English football, the holiday season was enlivened by the departure of nine league managers. That makes over 30 dismissals or resignations since the season began; an annual turnover of almost a third of the managers and coaches with five months of football to go. This is a human resources massacre: the attrition rate for senior management in the rest of the private sector is a fraction of this.

Some of these departures are personal decisions, like Steve Coppell standing down at Bristol City…

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