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Let Managerial Musical Chairs Begin

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The European soccer season is wrapping up, with Real Madrid, Juventus, and Borrussia Dortmund winning titles in Spain, Italy, and Germany, respectively.

 

Now is the time for many clubs to pick a new manager. A team’s choice will define performance over the next year. Twelve months ago, nobody would have expected Juventus, then an average Italian team, to win the Scudetto. This achievement was only possible under the guidance of club legend Antonio Conte.

 

As Sir Alex Ferguson has proved with his 26 years at Manchester United, stability is the key to long-term success. Paradoxically, stability can often be a hindrance for national teams.

 

A national team coach who is in charge for too long will often develop favorites, and be less...

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