Create
Notifications

Ranking the 5 longest-serving Premier League managers currently

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Nikhil Krishna
visit

The Premier League is renowned for being the most competitive and fickle league in the world. Despite the decades-plus dynasties of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, the average Premier League manager has lasted just two seasons. This is a number that keeps slipping as we move towards modern day football's hyper-commercial and impatient club ownership structures.

This year the likes of Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all headed in with new managers. Watford FC have recently announced yet another change in their manager, with Claudio Ranieri replacing Xisco Munoz.

On that note, here's ranking the five current longest serving managers in the Premier League.


#5 Marcelo Bielsa | Leeds United

Newcastle United v Leeds United - Premier League
Newcastle United v Leeds United - Premier League

Leeds United were ecstatic beyond belief when they managed to lure Marcelo Bielsa to Elland Road. The fabled Argentinean manager is the philosophical pioneer of modern football, characterized by tempo and technique.

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola all consider him to be a godfather-like figure. Furthermore, he has gained massive admiration on English shores. Appointed in June 2018, Bielsa can almost single-handedly claim responsibility for reviving fallen giants Leeds United.

April 2019 when Marcelo Bielsa instructed his Leeds players to let Aston Villa score after his Klich scored when an Aston Villa player was down Injured. Leeds would have gone 3points cleared but it ended 1-1 and Villa got promoted that same season.Marcelo Bielsa is Class 🙌🏾❤️ twitter.com/TikiTakaConnor… https://t.co/XrOgWEZkbG

Already a massive legend at Elland Road, barring a catastrophic break-up, Bielsa will continue to build a lasting legacy at Leeds and English Football.


#4 Daniel Farke | Norwich City

Burnley v Norwich City - Premier League
Burnley v Norwich City - Premier League

Not many managers can say they survived relegation from the Premier League only to bounce back to the top immediately. Such is the immense faith Norwich City have in Daniel Farke.

The German coach joined in May 2017 and finished the season at a disappointing 14th in the Championship. Faith was retained in Norwich's expansive and open style of play, which made stars of Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki as they romped to the Championship.

There's only one Daniel Farke! 🙌 https://t.co/FrCYr6UAHv

They found life in the Premier League considerably harder as they finished dead last on their top flight return in 2019. But they have come back stronger with winning the Championship in the 2020-21 season. Now on a four-year contract, Farke is expected to solidify Norwich's Premier League status this time around.


#3 Pep Guardiola | Manchester City

Manchester City FC Training Session and Press Conference - UEFA Champions League Final 2021
Manchester City FC Training Session and Press Conference - UEFA Champions League Final 2021

The final piece of Manchester City's revolution was the modern day "supercoach" and the tactical thinker, Pep Guardiola. With tenures in Spain and Germany behind him, Guardiola entered English shores in 2016 with expectations to deliver, and has delivered in resounding style.

He took a season to adapt his principles of Tiki-Taka to the Premier League. Pep then proceeded to re-educate the fine principles of football with masterful positional play. He made superstars out of Raheem Sterling, Bernado Silva and most famously Ederson for his remarkable distribution skills.

So far his Manchester City team have dominated the Premier League. They have won three Championships, 4 EFL trophies and an FA Cup in monstrously assertive fashion. With Pep announcing that next season could be his last, his tenure should last close to six years, by far his longest at any club.


#2 Jurgen Klopp| Liverpool

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Already a world renowned coach with Borussia Dortmund when he arrived, Jurgen Klopp has rejuvenated Liverpool football club to the heights of its former glories.

He delivered the Champions League and the Premier crown after 30 long years at the club. With his constant dedication to success and winning energy, Klopp is an era defining manager for Liverpool and the Premier League. In the six years thus far since his appointment in 2015, Klopp has spread passion and excitement through his team of immense heart and character. The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have developed from promising players to bonafide superstars.

16. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool equalled Pep Guardiola's Man City Premier League record of most wins in a single top-flight season (32). https://t.co/OIV85uSL3B

The Liverpool spirit is defined not just by the magnificence of Salah, Mane and Alisson but of the neverending fighting spirit Klopp has instilled in his players. He is now at the peak of his tenure with Liverpool.

Klopp's next challenge is to ensure that he is capable of maintaining a competitive Liverpool squad into the next decade. He would like to build a dynasty with The Reds that rivals Pep's Manchester City.


#1 Sean Dyche

Burnley v Southampton - Premier League
Burnley v Southampton - Premier League

A pleasant surprise as the torchbearer of consistency, Sean Dyche has been at Burnley for just a year less than a decade now. Completely changing the fortunes of a modest Championship outfit, Burnley have been recognized as a Premier League constant in 2010s.

🗣"That's how easy you guys are, it's like taking candy from a baby."Sean Dyche takes charge of his 400th match as Burnley manager this weekend and a reporter asked him about it but only received a comedic reaction https://t.co/QbigipYY6U

He plays a style that is the modern equivalent of the legendary Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers teams. Dyche's Burnley pose an inconvenient and uncomfortable threat to the very best in the league.

They are constantly punching above expectations to finish in the Premier League. They even launched an audacious yet short-lived venture into European competition, playing the qualifiers for the Europa League in 2018-19. They couldn't make it to the group stage though.

He did all this, with a limited budget for a fraction of the rest of the league. Sean Dyche is one of the most respected and remarkable managerial talents in Premier League history.

Edited by Aditya Singh
Article image

Go to article

Quick Links:

More from Sportskeeda
Fetching more content...
App download animated image Get the free App now