Does the A-League dismiss coaches more regularly than the W-League?

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A-League teams coaching drama, sackings and new hires may get more media coverage but do both leagues have similar turn over rates?

Let’s take a look at which clubs have been through the most coaches.

For research, we take a look at how long each coach has served based on the number of days – including both resigning and dismissed coaches.

Data analysis will commence from 2008 for A-League teams to coincide with the first season of the W-League. The exception is for A-League sides Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City who will only have its data analysed from 2012 and 2015 respectively to coincide with their inclusion to the W-League. 

Canberra United and the Central Coast Mariners are exempt from the research as they do not at present have a corresponding A-League or W-League side.

Interim/care-taker coaches are also exempt from the research.

Adelaide United (2008-present):

* indicates present coach.

Brisbane Roar (2008-present):

Melbourne City (2015-present):

Melbourne Victory (2008-present):

Newcastle Jets (2008-present):

Not all data is available to accurately accumulate the total number of days each coach has reigned at W-League Newcastle Jets.

However since 2008 the club has seen Gary Phillips, Wayne O’Sullivan (on two occasions), Clayton Zane, Peter McGuinness and, at present, Craig Deans in the head coach position. 

Deans hold the longest time in the position with 1614 to date, with O’Sullivan coming in second with a total of his two stints. 

Perth Glory (2008-present):

Sydney FC (2008-present):        

Western Sydney Wanderers (2012-present):

Findings:

A-League sides Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets have experienced the most coach swaps since 2008 with seven each.

As for the W-League, Melbourne Victory are the clear winners with eight different appointments since 2008.

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And for the league which have had the most changes to their head coach position?

Whilst the W-League has not had to undergo as many changes, their total is not too far away from the A-League.

The A-League has totalled 47 different changes collectively, while the W-League has totalled to 39 changes.

This can be blamed due to the reasoning behind appointing new roles in the W-League.

Coaches in the W-League are regularly given the opportunity to lead or grow a side rather than be dismissed based on their club’s performance.

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Adelaide, Victory and the Jets have collectively had the most changes to coaches with 13 each.

Feature Image Credit: Perth Glory

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.

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