The shelf life of Premier League Managers isn’t usually a long one.

However, as the pressures grow ever higher when it comes to getting success, club owners are seemingly ever more ready to press the trigger.

Success for most clubs these days, is firstly ensuring they are in the Premier League once again the following year – but does swapping managers midway through a campaign make any sense?

The managers prepare their squads throughout the summer, buy and sell the players they want/don’t want, so surely if you are going to change it should be in that summer period when they can put together their own squads/strategies?

On Monday night we discovered that Mauricio Pellegrino was the latest PL boss to go, Southampton in fear of the drop in fourth bottom.

These are the Premier League Managers to be sacked (so far…) this season:

11 September 2017 – Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace)

17 October 2017 – Craig Shakespeare (Leicester)

23 October 2017 – Ronald Koeman (Everton)

6 November 2017 – Slaven Bilic (West Ham)

20 November 2017 – Tony Pulis (West Brom)

20 December 2017 – Paul Clement (Swansea)

6 January 2018 – Mark Hughes (Stoke)

20 January 2018 – Marco Silva (Watford)

12 March 2018 – Mauricio Pellegrino (Southampton)

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When you look at the Premier League Managers who have gone this season and compare it to this current Premier League table, I think a few big thing jumps out.

Firstly, all three promoted managers are still in their jobs, which I’m guessing is a very very rare event.

Secondly, if you take out Hughton, Benitez and Wagner, Eddie Howe is the only manager outside the top seven to still have his job, every single other club have sacked their manager this season as they fight to stay up.

Has it worked?

Well, the bottom five all sacked their bosses and where has that got them? Though Southampton fans would claim they should have acted earlier.

Interesting as well then, to look at which Premier League Managers have been in their jobs the longest.

Arsene Wenger continues to be slagged off by the pathetic Arsenal fans for not winning a trophy since 10 months ago.

Then after that you have Bournemouth and Burnley undoubtedly reaping the benefits of finding a good manager and sticking with him.

After 2 years 2 days in the job, Rafa Benitez is the eighth longest serving now.

In fact, when you look at managers appointed when their clubs were in the Premier League at the time, only Wenger, Pochettino and Klopp are ahead of the Newcastle boss, with Wagner, Hughton, Dyche and Howe all getting their jobs when their respective clubs were outside the top flight.

Current longest serving managers with Premier League clubs:

21 years 163 days – Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

5 years 151 days – Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)

5 years 134 days – Sean Dyche (Burnley)

3 Years 290 days – Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs)

3 years 72 days – Chris Hughton (Brighton)

2 years 156 days – Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

2 years 124 days – David Wagner (Huddersfield)

2 years 2 days – Rafa Benitez (Newcastle United)

1 year 290 days – Jose Mourinho (Man Utd)

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  • Peaky Magpie

    Southampton job got Marco Silva written all over it for me….

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Bookies say Mark Hughes

      • Peaky Magpie

        Unbelievable….the managerial merry go round….just hope there’s no new manager bounce as they’ve got a terrible run in..

      • Rich Lawson

        Woeful ”jobs for the boys again” choice,they’d have more chance of staying up if they just played him at No9 ?

    • Mitros gotta start

      Might be worth a cheeky tenner on pardew after he gets the sack from west brom….he is bulletproof

      • Peaky Magpie

        Could happen…they got far too up themselves and should never have sacked Puel….deserve to be where they are now.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          He`s Toxic in Southampton, no chance

          • Peaky Magpie

            Good point,of course he walked to go to Scouse Mackems…thought they got rid at first.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Only the Teflon Don survives.
    Senor Rafael Benitez

  • Leazes.

    It sort of depends if you believe that one of these ‘Journeyman’ managers ever stay at a club long enough to build a squad that could be vaguely described as their own.

    Famously United’s squad was built by the Chief scout and the over-promoted accountant playing ‘soccer manager 2011’ for real, and then appointing a ‘Head Coach’ to keep them fit, draw up tactics, and do a bit of shouting and bawling from the touchline.

    Of course when an accountant builds a squad it will be doomed to failure when he omits to buy a striker, or cover for key positions, and in United’s case does it deliberately thinking utility players can suffice for cover everywhere.

    The inevitable happens and the ‘head coach’ is replaced to give the squad a ‘boost’ by hiring a new ‘hard man’ teacup throwing buffoon who generally will have an effect as players fear they will be replaced or dropped, but then realisation returns when it sinks in that the manager is as transitory as toilet tissue.

    How many clubs are playing the ‘sack game’ to save their skins each year? How many ‘Managers’ are really building squads?

    Viva la Rafalution….. I can’t wait!

  • Sean Lynch

    Pellegrino was shown the door after losing to us, which brought a question to mind. Because I’m sure over the years there have been quite a few.
    So for statisticians of you out there:
    Over the past decade, how many managers have lost their job following defeat to Newcastle United?

    • Leazes.


    • I still don’t know why teams in the Prem don’t get more Italian and German managers? Those would obviously be the better tactically suited for mid-table teams. You want your team to setup solid and hope for the best.
      Southampton should be nowhere near where they are as are Everton. A decent manager is half the team really. Clubs keep giving Pullis/Hughes/Pardew and Allardyce clubs to manage when it’s clear their way of doing things no longer works.

      • Paul Smith

        Because it’s probably a stereotype to say that German and Italian managers are better tactically. I’m sure you can name a few very good tactical German and Italian managers but in general I doubt the average is any better tactically than managers of plenty of other nationalities.

  • paul mclaughlan

    “Arsene Wenger continues to be slagged off by the pathetic Arsenal fans for not winning a trophy since 10 months ago”.

    Quote of the season.