Brazil implement historic manager rule - could the Premier League and EFL follow suit?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 01 April 2021, 10:17

In the most recent edition of Brazilian Serie A a substantial 27 managerial changes (permanent not caretaker) occurred during the campaign. In fact, only three clubs finished the season with the same manager they started it with.

For a comparison, last season there were six switches in the Premier League, while there have only been three so far this term.

In the Brazilian off-season further managerial changes have inevitably taken place - including Sao Paulo’s appointment of Hernan Crespo while Jorge Sampaoli left Atlético Mineiro for Marseille - ahead of the new season which kicks off on 30 May.

The upcoming campaign has the added spice of an historic managerial rule change, which limits top-flight clubs to making one switch per season after 11 of the 20 clubs voted in favour of the proposal - a surprise in itself given the league’s impatient nature when it comes to keeping the faith in managers.

“This is a great step forward for Brazilian football,” Brazil football confederation (CBF) president Rogerio Caboclo said after the rule was implemented.

“It will benefit clubs as well as coaches. It will lead to more mature and professional relationships, allowing longer and more consistent projects. It’s the end of the game of musical chairs in Brazilian coaching.”

The change, which bids to transform a culture of quick-fire sackings in Brazil, could prove tricky for many clubs in a league known for a multitude of managerial changes. The last three seasons alone have accumulated 81 changes in personnel, and that’s not including caretaker spells. 

However, the new rule does stipulate that if a club wants to make a second sacking, they can do so on the condition that an internal appointment is then made. So, they wouldn’t be able to bring anyone else to the club, but upgrade a coach or academy manager that has been there for the last six months or more.

The rule also limits managers themselves to no more than two clubs per season.


Richie Wellens recently became the 41st managerial departure of the season

It will be interesting to see how the new rule plays out in Brazil. The powers that be in England will no doubt keep an eager eye over proceedings across the Atlantic.

In truth, such a change is unlikely to be transferred over to our shores anytime soon but it’s an interesting one to at least speculate about.

Brazil may be more cut-throat when it comes to dispensing managers, but last season trigger-happy Watford sacked three different bosses en-route to getting relegated to the Championship.

To put that into perspective only three Premier League managers have left this season to date: Slaven Bilic, Frank Lampard, and Chris Wilder. If it stays this way through to the end of the season, it will be the lowest top-flight number since 2005/06 when there were also three changes. 

Patience has ruled the roost so far this season in England’s top-flight. In seasons gone by the likes of Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer could easily have been dismissed, while Ralph Hasenhuttl recently lost 9-0 for the second time, yet he remains at Southampton. In each of these cases there’s an appreciation of the long-term project. 

But once a sense of normality returns next season, many Premier League owners could well revert to type and push the panic button on a more frequent basis. 

This summer we could see Newcastle and Crystal Palace replace Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson respectively. Jose Mourinho’s position at Spurs doesn’t seem totally secure, West Brom could trigger the relegation release clause in Sam Allardyce’s contract, while Paul Heckingbottom is just keeping the seat warm until Sheffield United appoint a permanent successor to Chris Wilder.

David Moyes and Marcelo Bielsa are also both out of contract, although new deals are expected.

Over in the Football League, patience hasn’t exactly been a virtue this term with 38 departures so far.

Championship (11 changes) side Sheffield Wednesday are recently appointed their fourth boss of the campaign, Darren Moore, who followed Garry Monk, Tony Pulis, and interim boss Neil Thompson.

We have seen a trend of internal appointments in the EFL; perhaps because of financial reasons, a lack of alternative options, or because they’ve impressed in an assistant or coaching capacity. Many of the current incumbents in the three leagues are only on short-term contracts until the end of the season, so expect further changes in the summer.

While the amount of managerial switches doesn’t appear to be close to slowing down this side of the Atlantic, the new change in Brazil will represent an intriguing case study and one that English football may one day introduce in order to curb the colossal changes in the managerial arena.

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