Premier League second only to Ligue 1 when it comes to manager longevity

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Premier League chairman are surprisingly less trigger happy than the majority of their European counterparts, a new study has revealed.

Statistics compiled by the CIES Football Observatory on the subject of the “Longevity of Coaches” show that the English top-flight is second only to the French Ligue 1 when it comes to the median stay of any manager operating in one of Europe's top leagues.

The research showed that Premier League managers remain in post for 14.5 months, compared to 16 months in France.


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That puts the English top flight just ahead of the Bundesliga, where coaches remain in place for around 13 months, based on the median figure for all those managers operating in the German first division.

La Liga comes next, with the median stay for a manager in Spain's top-flight down at just 10 months with Rafa Benitez's early exit from Real Madrid a contributing factor to that statistic.

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The most trigger happy chairmen and owners in Europe's top leagues, however, reside in Italy with Serie A coaches in post for around nine months according to the median figures.

Much of that has to do with owners like Palermo's Maurizio Zamparini, who has averaged around two managers per season since taking the reins of the Sicilian club.

At the other end of the scale, the study showcased how Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to managerial longevity.

The Frenchman has been in charge of the north London club for some 233 months with St Etienne's Christophe Galtier the next longest serving manager from Europe's top five leagues having been in post for 75 months.


Bournemouth's Eddie Howe is now the Premier League's second longest serving manager, having been with the Cherries for 41 months.

That puts him some way ahead of Mark Hughes (34), Roberto Martinez (33) and Manuel Pellegrini (33) in the English top-flights five longest serving coaches.

In Spain, Diego Simeone represents La Liga's longest serving manager having been with Atleti for 51 months.

Elsewhere, Augsburg's Markus Weinzierl leads the way in Germany after 45 months at the club while Torino's Giampiero Ventura comes out on top in Italy after 57 months with Turin's other team.

Despite the positive statistics surrounding managerial longevity in the Premier League, however, those figures could change significantly should Wenger decide to call time on his Arsenal career this summer.

Do that and the English top-flight may fall sharply down the standings, given the multiple changes seen at title chasing clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea over the last few years.


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