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50 games to turn it around

Filed: Wednesday, 19th July 2017
By: Staff Writer

A new survey has discovered that Premier League managers last an average of approximately 50 games before they get the chop.

The survey, conducted by bwin discovered that Premier League chairman change managers twice every three seasons on average, making them one of the least patient group of employers across the continent.

Indeed, only La Liga clubs have a worse record of chopping and changing their head coach - with each one lasting an average of just 0.57 seasons, as you may see from our graph below comparing the records of the continent's 'big five' leagues...

In the Premier League, Newcastle have the worst record over the course of the last decade having changed managers, on average, every 27.6 league matches (or 1.38 managers per season).

However even the trigger-happy Geordies are usurped by seven other clubs, including four from Serie A - where Palermo have averaged no less than THREE managers each season, with each lasting just 12.7 matches before getting the boot!

In total the Rosanero have gone through no less than 27 managers in the last ten seasons - although that's perhaps little surprise in the Italian top flight, where managers stay on average for just 36.5 games. That's in stark contrast to France's Ligue 1, where the average managerial reign lasts 67.1 games.

The picture at West Ham is, thankfully, considerably less fraught, with the current owners having employed just four full time managers since taking ownership of the club in January 2010. Their record reads as follows:

Gianfranco Zola: 80 games, 2 seasons
Avram Grant: 48 games, 1 season
Sam Allardyce: 181 games, 4 seasons
Slaven Bilic (in office): 97 games, 2 seasons

Average length of managerial reign: 135 games, 3.3 seasons

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