Domino Effect

The ‘domino effect’, a situation where one event or decision made leads to a sequence of similar events taking place.

Premiership football, a lucrative business which, if successful, can provide the opportunity for increased revenue and economic growth through advertising, sponsorship and social media.

Since its inception in the 1992/93 season, the Premier League is fast becoming one of the most prestigious and lucrative football leagues in the world. “A globally recognised brand” which brings substantial economic growth and immense financial gain.

Success often brings with it failure and just how successful a football club is may be afforded to the way it deals with failure and the pressure of sustaining success throughout a full season.

Perhaps the key to success lies with the players whom perform week-in, week-out on the pitch however, “sustained decline in performance is often addressed by changing manager” and he is often the one person who is held accountable and used as a ‘scapegoat’ when a response is sought.

Just how much of an affect this will have is a matter for consideration and debate however, upon one manager receiving his marching orders, are we now witnessing others following suit with a ‘domino effect’ taking shape?

“Fans of clubs and media outlets place increasing pressure on CEOs to make a change at managerial level when sporting results are perceived to be poor”and this is “particularly pertinent in the professional football industry”.

Reviewing the premiership season around the festive period of last year, an article provided by i-news on 27th November related to which Premiership manager may be the next casualty and “fall foul of the December curse and have their Christmas ruined?”.

Two managers, Unai Emery (Arsenal) and Marco Silva (Everton) were listed as favourites, both of whom have since being sacked by their relative clubs. Closely behind was Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham United) who, low and behold, was sacked on 28th December!

In respect of Unai Emery, he was dismissed on 29th November last year with statistics provided by the BBC on 23rd November recording that Arsenal were “winless in their last six matches across all competitions”.

By factoring these statistics into the equation, we may summarise that it was an immediate reaction to the run of poor results or a short term response to alleviate disharmony amongst fans given the fact Arsenal announced, on 20th December 2019, Mikel Arteta would be joining as their new head coach.

We are now just past the half way stage of the 2019-2020 season and already we have witnessed 6 managerial casualties with various websites posing the question of ‘who could be next‘ and providing up-to-date news with the latest odds for the ‘next manager to leave‘.

We may summarise and conclude yet, there are several factors which determine any outcome in a profession that is constantly under the media spotlight. The current manager will always face immense pressure to deliver results and the impact that any change of manager will have on a club will undoubtedly be determined by the results on the field.