Wenger wins longevity league; Italians change managers as frequently as their socks


March 21 – The most dangerous league in Europe to be a manager – in terms of job security in the Big 5 leagues – is Italy’s Serie A. Managers last on average just 9 months, compared to 14.5 months in England’s Premier League.

The research by the CIES Football Observatory found that the average length of stay of a manager in the Big 5 leagues was 12 months, with France’s Ligue 1 being the relative safest place to manage with average longevity at 16 months.

Unless, of course, you are manager of Arsenal.

Arsène Wenger stands out having been Arsenal’s manager for a massive 233 months. This is almost six times more than the second coach with the highest longevity in the English Premier League – Eddie Howe at Bournemouth).

The second coach with the longest stay at the head of his current club is Christophe Galtier at St-Etienne – 75 months. At the top of the tables in the other leagues are Giampiero Ventura (Torino, 57 months), Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid, 51 months) and Markus Weinzierl (Augsburg, 45 months).

The message in the stats for managers is perhaps to make sure you get solid clauses in the contract regarding severance and don’t bother with any long term planning.

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Source: CIES Football Observatory


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