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 when successful, can provide the opportunity for increased revenue 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, bringing 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 who perform week-in, week-out on the pitch however, the manager appears to be the one person who is held accountable and used as the scapegoat when a response is sought. “Sustained decline in performance is often addressed by changing manager” (Bridgewater, 2010, p.142).
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 witnessing others following suit soon after with a domino effect taking shape?
Reviewing the premiership season last year, an article provided by i-news on 27th November related to which Premiership manager would be the next casualty stated “Which under-pressure Manager could fall foul of the December curse and have their Christmas ruined?”
Closely behind was Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham United who, low and behold, received his marching orders 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 however, there are two factors which stand out 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. In taking these factors on board, we may determine that it is a cut-throat business and if results are not in favour, then ultimately the manager will pay the price.
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