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Which Former Professional Football Players Become Successful Professional Head Coaches?

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  • Balliauw, Matteo

    (University of Antwerp)

  • Verheuge, Marco

    (Ghent University)

  • Baert, Stijn

    (Ghent University)

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One of the potential avenues for former professional football players to pursue their career is to become a head coach of a club's first team. An important question is how to best prepare for such a reconversion. This letter is the first in the academic literature quantifying the association between success as a professional head coach and prior experience of former professional players as a youth coach, player-coach, head coach at a lower division, assistant coach, in other staff positions and in club management positions. Our regression analyses, based on unique coach career data, show a significant positive association for the jobs of assistant or youth coach.

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  • Balliauw, Matteo & Verheuge, Marco & Baert, Stijn, 2022. "Which Former Professional Football Players Become Successful Professional Head Coaches?," IZA Discussion Papers 15024, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    sports management; regression analysis; education; coaching; football;
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    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • Z22 - Other Special Topics - - Sports Economics - - - Labor Issues

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