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:
|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|
|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.”