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EPL stats: Who are the current longest serving managers in Premier League?

The hire and fire culture of the Premier League clubs have continued this weekend, with two high-profile managers leaving their respective teams. It all started with Leicester City parting ways with Brendan Rodgers. Then came the big one – Graham Potter was sacked by Chelsea. Both managers have not had the best of times this season, with their respective clubs struggling to find any sort of rhythm. Having said that, it is never a nice feeling to see a manager lose his job.

Brendan Rodgers, Graham Potter unable to stop the slump

Brendan Rodgers had done wonders with Leicester before, however, this season has been an extremely disappointing one for the head coach. On the other hand, Graham Potter performed miracles with Brighton & Hove Albion, which was instrumental in him landing the big job at a massive club like Chelsea. However, Potter was never able to convince their supporters nor the pundits, as the Blues kept losing plenty of games. Besides, their struggle in front of goals was another big problem for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The weekend defeats proved to be the final nail in the coffin for both sides. Leicester City lost 2-1 away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League, while Chelsea suffered a demoralising 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. The results mean Leicester are languishing second from bottom and are in real danger of getting relegated to second division, while Chelsea have dropped into the bottom half of the table in 11th position.

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Current longest serving managers in Premier League

The latest set of departures mean only eight existing managers have been in charge of their clubs for over a year in the Premier League. The current longest serving manager in the English top flight is Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp. The German has been in charge of the Merseyside outfit for about seven and a half years. It comes down to 2734 days as manager of the Reds, according to Opta Analyst. Despite Liverpool’s struggles this season, Klopp’s position at the helm looks untouchable.

Such is the reputation of Klopp and the achievements he has managed throughout his reign at Anfield, it looks highly unlikely that he will be sacked by Liverpool even if they finish the season on a bad note. Second in this list is Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. He has been in charge of the club for more than six and a half years. In modern football, it is highly unlikely to see a manager stay at one club for as long as Klopp and Guardiola have managed to do. It shows their ability to consistently make their teams perform at the highest level.

The next three managers in the list are occupied by Thomas Frank (Brentford), Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) and David Moyes (West Ham United). Erik ten Hag, who joined Manchester United as their manager only last summer, also has a place in the table. He is placed in the ninth spot. It illustrates how many managerial departures have happened in the division this season. Check the table below to find out the current longest serving managers in the Premier League.

ManagerClubPeriodDays
Jurgen KloppLiverpool7 years 177 days2734
Pep GuardiolaManchester City6 years 275 days2467
Thomas FrankBrentford4 years 169 days1630
Mikel ArtetaArsenal3 years 102 days1198
David MoyesWest Ham United3 years 95 days1191
Marco SilvaFulham1 year 275 days641
Steve CooperNottingham Forest1 year 193 days559
Eddie HoweNewcastle United1 year 145 days511
Erik ten HagManchester United306 days306
Gary O’NeilBournemouth216 days216

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