How long is the average Premier League manager’s job?


Steven Gerrard’s first Premier League managerial appointment ended after 11 months and nine days

“It seems like every day a manager loses their job or their job is under threat. I feel like they’re running out of stability and patience.”

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who has been under pressure all season, probably spoke for all Premier League managers on Thursday after Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard became the fourth boss to be sacked this season.

Scott Parker was Bournemouth’s first in August, following Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and Bruno Lage at Wolves.

With almost a quarter of the 2022-23 Premier League season gone, BBC Sport looks at how long a Premier League manager lasts.

What is the average tenure of a Premier League manager?

Chart showing the average tenure of a Premier League manager
In the 2019–20 and 2020–21 season, much of the game was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the four sackings so far, Rodgers, Leeds boss Jesse Marsch and Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl have been the subject of speculation at some point this season.

The average duration is today two years and four daysbut in 2012, managers tended to persist almost four years.

Gerrard managed just 11 months and nine days at Villa Park.

The two most successful teams in the Premier League in recent years, Manchester City and Liverpool, are in first place for having the longest serving manager in the English top flight.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola Having a combined mandate of 13 years and 125 days. Were it not for their longevity, the average tenure of a Premier League manager would drop to one year and 169 days.

This is also worth mentioning Graham Potter He had been in a job at Brighton for three years before swapping the south coast for London to fill Tuchel’s empty shoes at Chelsea.

Who are the Premier League’s longest serving managers?

the team the manager Together Durability
Liverpool Jurgen Klopp 08/10/2015 7 years 013 days
Manchester City Pep Guardiola 01/07/2016 6 years 112 days
Brentford Thomas Frank 10/16/2018 4 years 005 days
Southampton Ralph Hasenhuttl 06/12/2018 3 years 319 days
Leicester Brendan Rodgers 27/02/2019 3 years 236 days
Arsenal Mikel Arteta 22/12/2019 2 years 303 days
West Ham David Moyes 29/12/2019 2 years 296 days
Fulham Mark Silva 07/01/2021 1 year 112 days
The Crystal Palace Patrick Vieira 04/07/2021 1 year 109 days
Nottingham Forest Steve Cooper 09/21/2021 1 year 030 days
Tottenham Hotspur Antonio Conte 02/11/2021 0 years 353 days
Newcastle Eddie Howe 08/11/2021 0 years 347 days
Everton Frank Lampard 01/31/2022 0 years 263 days
Leeds Jesse March 02/28/2022 0 years 235 days
Manchester United Erik ten Hag 06/01/2022 0 years 142 days
Bournemouth Gary O’Neil 08/30/2022 0 years 052 days
Chelsea Graham Potter 09/08/2022 0 years 043 days
Brighton Roberto from Serbia 20/09/2022 0 years 031 days
the wolves Steve Davis 10/03/2022 0 years 018 days
Aston Villa

While the average length of time a manager has been in a Premier League job at two years and four days may seem low, the number shrinks again when looking up the English football pyramid.

Across the 91 clubs in the league, excluding Villa, the average tenure is one year and 172 days – a record Gerrard did not achieve with Villa.

What about the longest serving managers in the league?

the team the manager Together Durability
Harrogate Village Simon Weaver 05/01/2009 13 years 173 days
Wycombe Wanderers Gareth Ainsworth 24/09/2012 10 years 027 days
Accrington Stanley John Coleman 18/09/2014 8 years 033 days
Liverpool Jurgen Klopp 08/10/2015 7 years 013 days
Manchester City Pep Guardiola 01/07/2016 6 years 112 days
City of Coventry Mark Robins 07/03/2017 5 years 228 days
Oxford United Carl Robinson 03/22/2018 4 years 213 days
Brentford Thomas Frank 10/16/2018 4 years 005 days
Southampton Ralph Hasenhuttl 06/12/2018 3 years 319 days
Sutton United Matt Grey 01/05/2019 3 years 173 days

“Very volatile work” – how have the directors reacted?

Rodgers The Leicester manager said he was “hugely disappointed” with Gerrard, who captained Liverpool during his three years in charge at Anfield.

“He did a fantastic job at Rangers and the ambitions at Villa, I think, will be challenging for Europe,” said Rodgers.

“I know if you’re not that good, you’re going to get criticism, but the key is to put a laser focus on what you can control. When you do that, everything else is noise.”

Liverpool boss Klopp said: “I’m very confident that Steven Gerrard will come back from it. We had a little exchange this morning, nothing too deep. I can imagine it’s disappointing for him because of his ambitions and the things he wanted to achieve. Aston Villa.

“We all take knocks – it’s about how you respond. It will definitely come back from there. A lot of great managers had to leave their previous clubs for different reasons.

“He’ll be back 100%, but now I’m hoping, frankly, to take some time for him.”

Manager of Newcastle Eddie Howe said: “I think he’s a very good manager and I think it shows the short-term nature of everyone’s thinking and reactions.

“We are in a very difficult job and a very volatile job at times, with a lot of short-term opinions and reactions.”

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl he added: “It’s a shame when a manager loses his job but a club [owner] He thinks he should do it for a better situation and they should fire him, like they did with Dean Smith, which didn’t work out very well.”

Patrick VieiraThe Crystal Palace manager said: “We’re in an industry where we say the long term of our work is the next five games.

“This is our business. It’s really ruthless, it’s really tough.”

Everton’s Frank LampardHaving played for England alongside Gerrard, he knows from his experience at Chelsea how difficult it can be to be fired in front of the public.

“I have a lot of respect for him as a player, as a person, as a manager and as a manager – it’s not nice to see someone lose their job,” Lampard said.

Chelsea boss Pottery he added: “It’s part of the job. We know it can happen, but it’s not nice when a colleague loses their job.”

the team the manager Together Left Durability
Chelsea Thomas Tuchel 01/26/2021 07/09/2022 595 days
the wolves Bruno Lage 07/01/2021 02/10/2022 458 days
Bournemouth Scott Parker 07/01/2021 08/30/2022 425 days
Aston Villa Steven Gerrard 11/11/2021 20/10/2022 342 days

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