In recent news regarding the Premier League both Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur, and Unai Emery, Arsenal, were sacked. This article will be looking at the effects on the team as well as the management of the club once a Head Coach/Manager has been fired.  

Firstly, the entire team dynamic will be changed and will never be the same as it was with the previous coach. Why is this? Well each coach has their own unique training style, method in working with the players and sets up his own club/team environment. It is then up to the coach to be able to successfully implement what has just been mentioned, taking into consideration how things were and how he wants his/her players to adapt to the coach’s particular way.

As we have seen time and time again, managers fail to connect with the players, implement their plans and different tactics which shows just how difficult it really is for football managers to take over a club once another has been fired or retired.

Secondly, team management, employees and owners of the club also now have to change and accommodate to the new coach and his/her style of football and philosophy he/she has for the club. Often this is also where heads clash and the fate of the managers are decided. The reasons why this can often cause problems are that the CEO’s and stakeholders might have different plans and  different players in mind than what the coach has. Often players are bought by clubs or loaned, with or without the consent of the coach and the plan he has for the season transfer market.

This is often done by clubs in hopes of gaining/enhancing their status, gain investments or simply for political football reasons. Then the coach is unable to fulfill the plans and tactics he/she wishes and it results in the manager being unhappy and not feeling supported. The club then buys players who are not used and loaned to other clubs resulting in the investments in these players being useless. This is why it is important for the newly hired manager to look at the philosophy of the club and the way the CEO’s and stakeholders run the club.

It is just as important then for the management team to hire a valid replacement who will be able to work in the environment set up by the staff and be able to work together to help grow the team. 

Thirdly, the fans are affected through the sacking/retiring of a coach. Fans especially in football grow up learning and loving a specific trainer/coach if they deliver great results or build a great team over a long period of time. Examples of these Managers who spent years at clubs building, focusing specifically on the Premier League, would be Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United), Arsene Wegner (Arsenal), Sam Allardyce (Bolton Wanderers and Everton) and Raphael Benitez (Liverpool).

Selecting a “suitable” replacement for these managers may seem almost impossible when it comes to the loyal fans of these clubs. The fans play a big role in a team’s performance and without the support of the fans the clubs will be struggling, not just the players but also financially. The club’s appointment of one coach might not sit well with the fans as the coach may not suit the club’s environment and style and with that fans may display signs of opposition through not attending matches. Therefore, fans also need to be taken into consideration when selecting a new replacement coach as they are one of the most important assets a club possess.  

Manager sackings are complex decisions that have to take into account various aspects as mentioned throughout this article. The replacement decision is just as difficult if not even more so as the future now rests in the hands of the coach being selected. Football and sport in general are a tough industry to be in because if you are not performing you will be axed. Who will be the next Manager to be sacked in the top 5 European Leagues? We will have to wait and see…