A table has just been published showing the average ‘life expectancy’ for Premier League Managers at each club.
The list has been compiled by Nick Harris of Sporting Intelligence for The Mail, showing every club that has featured in the Premier League since its inception in 1992/93.
When it comes to the table, Newcastle are 34th top and have given their Premier League Managers and average of a year and nine months.
In the first Premier League season, five of the managers had been in their job five years or longer, in contrast only one current Premier League manager has been in his job more than three years, let alone five, and that’s Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, who has been there 19 years.
As Nick Harris reports, the 18 (leaving aside Liverpool and Sunderland) current bosses are averaging 2.28 years each in their jobs, and you levae out Wenger then the average plummets to 1.29 years, or 473 days each.
When managers were sacked in the 1992-93 season, Harris says that they had been in their jobs an average of 2.6 years each. Last season the corresponding figure was 1.91 years and in 2013-14, when 12 Premier League managers were axed, not including those who left of their own volition, it was 1.22 years.
(In bold are current Premier League clubs)
Newcastle are listed as having had 13 managers in the history of the Premier League.
I came up with 14:
Sir Bobby Robson
I’m guessing either John Carver or Alan Shearer has been left out under the terms that one of them was employed and/or the temporary nature of their arrangement..
What is interesting is to look at it before Mike Ashley arrived and then during his tenure.
Rather bizarrely, Mike Ashley has been said to be ‘loyal’ to his managers, which seems to be solely based on his long-term backing for Alan Pardew despite some terrible winless runs under him.
In the list of 14 above, six of them managed before Mike Ashley over a period of 14 seasons at St James Park.
In just over eight seasons under Ashley, Newcastle have had eight different managers (head coaches…), which doesn’t include when caretakers have taken over for a game or two.
To claim that Mike Ashley has brought any kind of stability or long-term plan (of benefit) to Newcastle United, on or off the pitch, is laughable.
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