Premier League caretakers proven to clean up the mess
Salvation for Stoke City may have just arrived in the form of Eddie Niedzwiecki, with caretaker managers in the Premier League boosting their temporary team’s points-per-game by an average 0.28. Looking back at all the caretaker manager tenures in the history of the Premier League, it would appear that stop-gap gaffers do much more than just hold the fort, something that Stoke’s new interim boss Eddie Niedzwiecki could be set to replicate.
Research suggests that caretaker managers really do clean up, significantly bolstering the club’s points return each game compared to before the last manager’s dismissal.
In fact, Premier League caretaker managers, whose tenures lasted at least 35 days, increased the average points-per-game achieved by their respective clubs by 0.28.
Stoke City fans need not fear, for research suggests that Eddie Niedzwiecki is set to pull the Potters out of the dismal slump that spelled the sacking of Mark Hughes, in which they conceded 18 goals in his last seven league matches in charge, picking up just four points along the way.
Niedzwiecki was brought in following Stoke’s embarrassing FA Cup exit last weekend, where they were felled by League Two side Coventry City, heralding an immediate end to Hughes’ time at bet365 Stadium.
Now steering the Stoke ship, the former goalkeeper has the perfect chance to save the Stoke faithful from more heartache in what is bound to be a baptism of fire against Manchester United this weekend.
The stats are with him, though. Prior to the instatement of a caretaker manager, Premier League teams pick up an average 0.9 points-per-game, which increases significantly following the interim’s arrival to an average 1.19 points.
Caretaker managers are often the sign of a club’s state of crisis and disarray, however, Niedzwiecki’s arrival could prove to be a blessing for Stoke, with our research showing their fortunes could turnaround sooner than expected.
With Premier League clubs enjoying an average increase of 0.28 points-per-game following the arrival of an interim boss, the prospect of a Potters trip to Old Trafford this weekend just got a little less daunting for Stoke.