Why the FA Cup could be a curse for Frank Lampard or Mikel Arteta

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Why the FA Cup could be a curse for Frank Lampard or Mikel Arteta

No one wants to lose an FA Cup final but a study has revealed it may not be all bad for whoever the losing manager is.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the final at Wembley on Saturday, a match you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 5:30pm.

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Arteta and Lampard won the FA Cup as players for Arsenal and Chelsea respectively – now they can do it as managers

A lot more is riding on this cup tie for Arsenal as winning the competition is their last hope of playing European football, while Chelsea have qualified for next season’s Champions League by finishing fourth in the Premier League.

Defeat could really harm the Gunners’ development but if Arteta is the very superstitious type, he may not take losing in the final so badly.

That’s because a study by Bet O’Clock found that since the start of the 1997/98 season, the FA Cup is the joint-worst trophy to win for a manager hoping to keep their job in the long-term.

Along with the League Cup, the world’s oldest cup competition boasts the highest proportion of managerial dismissals during the season following a cup triumph.

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Trophies with the highest sack-rate in the season after winning

FA Cup: 4 managers sacked (18.2 per cent sack rate)

Community Shield: 4 managers sacked (18.2 per cent sack rate)

League Cup: 4 managers sacked (18.2 per cent sack rate)

Champions League: 3 managers sacked (13.6 per cent)

Premier League: 3 managers sacked (13.6 per cent)

Europa League: 2 managers sacked (9.1 per cent)

But Lampard may be watching his back more as Chelsea have the highest rate of managerial sackings following trophy success, with managers fired directly after winning nine different trophies.

After winning the FA Cup and Champions League in 2011/12, Roberto di Matteo was dismissed the following campaign while Carlo Ancelotti’s time at Stamford Bridge was also cut short after a double-winning 2009/10 season.

Di Matteo won the FA Cup for Chelsea in May 2012. Six months later, he was sacked

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Di Matteo won the FA Cup for Chelsea in May 2012. Six months later, he was sacked

Ancelotti finished the following season empty-handed and he was sacked a year after winning the Premier League and FA Cup

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Ancelotti finished the following season empty-handed and he was sacked a year after winning the Premier League and FA Cup

A spokesperson for Bet O’Clock said: “The common joke that the FA Cup is cursed appears to be backed up by the stats, although there are shockingly high rates of post-trophy managerial departures across the board.

“Lampard and Arteta will of course be putting everything they’ve got into the FA Cup final on Saturday, but whichever manager succeeds should enjoy the sweet taste of success before it turns bitter – because our data tells us he might not be around for long afterwards.”

So much for the romance of the cup…





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