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)
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)