Politics of Football

Wenger has most staying power among big five leagues

M_Id_411516_Arsene_WengerDESPITE the ongoing debate about Arsene Wenger’s future as Arsenal manager, the Frenchman stands out across the premier European football leagues for his durability.

According to the latest report from CIES Football Observatory, Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal for 233 months. Nobody gets close to this figure – Wenger’s length of service is more than six times the next manager in the Premier, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, who has been with his club for 41 months.

For all the talk of the Premier League and its short-termism, the average life of a manager in England’s top flight is 14 months, far better than Italy (9), La Liga (10) and the Bundesliga (13). Ligue 1 comes in at 16 months. Of course, without Wenger, the average would be much, much lower.

The top 10 across Europe:

  Manager Club League Tenure (months)
1 Arsene Wenger Arsenal EPL 233
2 Christoph Galtier St. Etienne Ligue 1 75
3 Jocelyn Gourvennec Guincamp Ligue 1 70
4 Stephane Moulin Angers Ligue 1 57
5 Giampiero Ventura Torino Serie A 57
6 Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid La Liga 51
6 Claude Puel Nice Ligue 1 46
7 Roberto Stellone Frosinone Serie A 45
8 Markus Wienzierl Augsburg Bundesliga 45
9 Francisco Jemez Martin Rayo Vallecano La Liga 45
10 Michel Der Zakarian Nantes Ligue 1 45

CIES Football Observatory points out that in Italy, clubs can change managers more than  once in a season. “This reflects the lack of strategic vision of club officials more than any form of incompetence of coaches.”

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