Become a football manager and you’ll be grey within 312 weeks

Posted by - November 27, 2009 - 'Do Are Ya?

The instantly noticeable cost of football management

The stress of being a football manager is so great that your hair will turn grey within 312 weeks on average, according to research by the makers of the Football Manager computer game series.

And the research also showed that particularly stressful periods in a manager’s career usually signified a change of colour for the boss’ barnet.

The study pinpointed the moment Kevin Keegan’s legendary bouffant started greying to the 1995-96 season, when he made his infamous “I would love it” rant and his Newcastle team blew a 12 point lead to hand the title to Manchester United.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was already grey by that point. He started to go grey in the 1994-95 season – coincidentally the season when United lost their stranglehold on the Premier League to Blackburn and Eric Cantona was banned for eight months for his assault on a Crystal Palace fan.

Football legend Sir Bobby Robson began to go grey shortly after taking on the often thankless job of England manager, while after only three seasons as Arsenal manager, Frenchman Arsene Wenger started to develop some serious silver streaks.