Steve Bruce became the first EPL manager to be fired this season, beating out Blackburn’s Steve Kean, who many thought would be the first. In fact, the sacking of managers has become so commonplace to football fans that it got me thinking of how many managers have come and gone since the beginning of the EPL era 20 years ago.
Most fans know that Alex Ferguson is the longest serving manager, having been at the helm of Manchester United since 1986. They probably also know that Ferguson is followed by Arsene Wenger, who has managed Arsenal since 1996 and Everton’s David Moyes, who took over on the blue side of Liverpool in March of 2002.
What followers will find shocking are the names that come next on the managerial longevity list. Surprisingly, it’s two managers who began their tenure with their current teams while they were still part of the Championship. Fourth is Tony Pulis, Stoke’s manager since June 2006 and members of the EPL since 2008. Next is Mick McCarthy of Wolves, named as Wolves’ manager in August 2006 and leading them back to the top flight in 2009.
Rounding out the rest of the league are:
- 6. Tottenham Harry Redknapp October 2008
- 7. Wigan Roberto Martinez June 2009
- 8. Norwich City Paul Lambert August 2009
- 9. Manchester City Roberto Mancini December 2009
- 10. Bolton Owen Coyle January 2010
- 11. QPR Neil Warnock March 2010
- 12. Swansea City Brendan Rogers July 2010
- 13. Newcastle Alan Pardew December 2010
- 14. Blackburn Steve Kean December 2010
- 15. Liverpool Kenny Dalglish January 2011
- 16. West Bromwich Roy Hodgson February 2011
- 17. Fulham Martin Jol June 2011
- 18. Aston Villa Alex McLeish June 2011
- 19. Chelsea Andre Villas-Boas June 2011
- 20. Sunderland TBA TBA
Here's a look at the teams that have played in the Premier League and have gone through the most managers (including caretaker managers).