3 Long-Serving Managers in England’s Topflight


In a super competitive league like the English Premier League it’s ‘do or die’.  Players come and go and so do managers – all in the quest for dominance.
 
If they can’t deliver results instantly and consistently, they face getting the axe and that’s exactly what has happened to Marco Silva, Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino… gone, gone and gone.
 
There are however a rare few tacticians who have not only survived the chop but have conjured great things from their charges… season after season.  These are the guys who have earned their stripes - and their ridiculously high salaries - by staying in one of the most demanding jobs at just one club for at least five seasons.
 
Who are the longest-serving managers in the EPL who are still active?  Here’s the top three in terms of time spent at the coalface of topflight football:
 

Sean Dyche - Burnley  


Sean Dyche - Burnley
 
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is a bit of a magician.  The former centre back, who spent most of his career languishing in a fifth Division club, was the driving force behind Burnley’s Premier League promotions double in his first three seasons.
 
The affable Englishman replaced Eddie Howe as Burnley manager in 2012 and has never looked back.  Not only are the Clarets regular competitors in the premier league, they qualified for the Europa League for the first time in more than 50 years!

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The 48-year-old has recently signed a contract extending his tenure until 2022 and that’ll mean 10 years at the helm of the Lancashire club.
 
How are Burnley shaping up so far this season?  They are currently 11th on the league table, just below Arsenal and Everton.
 

Eddie Howe - Bournemouth

 
Eddie Howe - Bournemouth

Eddie Howe is a Bournemouth man through and through.  He joined the youth team at just 16, spent most of his career at the Dorset club and is currently in his second spell as Bournemouth manager.
 
In total, the 42-year-old former defender has spent eight years grooming the Bournemouth boys for the big league.  He has rescued the club from relegation, driven them to promotion on three separate occasions and powered them into the topflight for the first time in history.
 
Howe will be hoping to improve on his 42.4 percent overall win rate as manager and ensure Bournemouth slowly edges up the league table to earn qualification to the coveted European leagues.  Right now, the club is 16th on the league table with 26 points.
 

Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool

 
Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp is into his fifth season as Liverpool manager and the results are telling.  Not only are the Reds the incumbent champions of the UEFA Champions League, they won the Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in what is a first for the side.
 
Klopp, who is renowned as a master tactician and strong proponent of an attacking brand of football, is no stranger to managing top tier football, as his prolonged stay with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund attests.
 
During his tenure in Germany he won the domestic double and ended a Champions League campaign as runner-up.  
 
Under his tutelage Liverpool accumulated 97 points in the 2018/19 Premiership race, the third highest in the history of the league. The Reds finished second overall.  Liverpool are the in-form team in this year’s domestic title race.  They are top of the table with 76 points, 25 clear of their closest rivals Manchester City. 
 
They have also progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup where they meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  Could this be the year Jurgen Klopp wins the domestic double in England?
 

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Published: 02/26/2020