The Premier League has seen its fair share of sacked managers this season, and when you take a look at the shocking statistics behind those dismissals it’s obvious why they were shown the door.
English league football is a cut-throat affair when you take a look at the managerial merry-go-round that sees on average 40 managers losing their job each season since 2010.
The Premier League is not immune to this surprising statistic either. This season alone, seven, that’s right seven, managers have been handed their pink slips.
The Premier League is just about the most lucrative league in the world. With television rights hotly contested and now worth over £5 billion, clubs are benefitting on a huge scale as monies paid down to them has grown rapidly year-on-year.
Furthermore, the higher up the league table a team finishes the more money it receives. Similarly for European cup competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League, financial rewards await those teams that qualify.
All in all, money talks in the Premier League. If a manager oversees a period of bad form and cannot turn things around, they are simply replaced.
Exploring the statistics of the seven sacked Premier League managers this season it can be clearly seen that for some it was obvious they were not long for England’s top flight, while others you might feel were not given the time to show their true worth.
|Remi Garde||Aston Villa||02 Nov 15||29 Mar 16||23||3||7||13||13.0|
|Steve McClaren||Newcastle||10 Jun 15||11 Mar 16||31||7||6||18||22.6|
|José Mourinho *||Chelsea||03 June 13||17 Dec 15||25||9||5||11||36.0|
|Garry Monk||Swansea||04 Feb 14||9 Dec 15||77||28||17||32||36.4|
|Tim Sherwood||Aston Villa||14 Feb 15||25 Oct 15||28||10||2||16||35.7|
|Brendan Rodgers **||Liverpool||01 Jun 15||04 Oct 15||11||3||6||2||27.0|
|Dick Advocaat||Sunderland||17 Mar 15||04 Oct 15||19||4||6||9||21.05|
* José Mourinho famously spent two successful spells at Chelsea, winning multiple trophies and has a combined win % of 63.7 over some 321 games. It was the dismal performance at the beginning of this campaign that saw his side languishing in 16th place in the table that cost the famous manager his job.
** Brendan Rodgers suffered a similar fate as Mourinho this season as a lacklustre start and a 27% win ratio through 11 games meant that his overall win % of 53.6% over 192 games was not enough to save him.
With a handful of games left to play this season there is still time for more managers to go and the current favourite to be added to the above list is Everton’s Roberto Martínez. Following the 4-0 thumping overnight at the hands of Liverpool, the end looks near for the Spaniard. Looking at this season’s statistics:
P W D L Win %
34 9 14 11 32.35
With a Win % of just 32.3% this season through 34 games, this statistic does not bode well when compared to those of managers already axed this season.
While it can be quite easily argued that this impatient, zero tolerance for poor form approach is not the way it ought to be, it is unfortunately a simple fact of the modern game. A bit like diving, it is not in the spirit of the beautiful game but it is how it is.
You could say that Money Talks and Bullshit (Form) Walks.