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Newspapers and magazines are now coming out with their “manager of the season” commentaries following the launch of the Premier League’s own voting system for such a person. Jürgen Klopp won it last year.
Interestingly, there have been more managerial changes this season in the Premier League than ever before. And indeed so crazy has this process been that some clubs have appointed and sacked two permanent managers in the course of one season! So presumably the manager of the year is going to be one of the four or five survivors.
Now this is getting so bonkers that I may well have lost the plot somewhere along the line, (although of course many readers would argue this happened long ago) but I am going to see if I can create a chart showing not just who changed managers but what their resultant league position is. And I want to add in how much was spent on transfers this season. All in one. Just to see if there are any links.
And I do this remembering that we have already shown that there really is no direct link between spending lots of money and quickly going up the league, and I suspect little link between achieving anything and changing managers all the time.
Those who really thought the idea of managerial change was so great that they would seriously do it twice in a season were, as far as I can work out, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Leicester City and Chelsea.
And of course this wasn’t always the club’s fault. Brighton and Hove for example would have loved to have held on to their manager, but he was tempted to go to Chelsea (and yes I know that seems utterly stupid, but that is what happened) and so they were forced to bring in a new man. And just look at the result.
So I thought it might be worth looking at a league table which included the number of managers each club had in a season. And where a club has sacked a manager and I’m not sure if there is a new person in place, I’ve still counted that as an extra manager. And I have added the net spend for this season on transfers. Figures for that come from Squawka
And the most obvious point is that five of the six clubs that knocked up three managers are in the bottom half of the table. The top five clubs each had only one manager.
In terms of spending, three of the top five spenders are in lower mid-table positions.
|Team||P||F||A||Pts||Managers||Net Spend||Spend pos|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||37||71||51||62||2||-£72m||20|
|14||West Ham United||37||41||53||40||1||£152m||5|
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