Premier League's Shocking Manager History: 13 Managers Sacked in 2022/23 - Who's Next to Go?

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Premier League's Shocking Manager History: 13 Managers Sacked in 2022/23 - Who's Next to Go?
Dan Tracey Data Scientist and Football Editor

Writer, analyst, podcaster, Spurs fan. Three out of four is not bad. If there is a data angle, I will find it.

If you have been keeping an eye on the Premier League, you will have noticed a new trend when it comes to the employment of managers. While it is a trend that does not see the men in the technical area in charge for very long.

With England’s top tier becoming a league that no chairman can not afford to be a part of, the men and women who make such managerial appointments are also no slouches when showing their staff the exit door.

Such departures resembled a bloodbath regarding managerial casualties during the 2022/23 campaign. No fewer than 13 have been sacked from last August to this May – the most in any single Premier League season.

While to get a better idea of length of tenure, here is how the current 20 Premier League managers look.

Team Current Manager Appointment Date Days in Position
Arsenal Mikel Arteta 23/12/2019 1517
Aston Villa Unai Emery 24/10/2022 481
Bournemouth Andoni Iraola 19/06/2023 243
Brentford Thomas Frank 16/10/2018 1950
Brighton Roberto De Zerbi 19/09/2022 516
Burnley Vincent Kompany 14/06/2022 613
Chelsea Mauricio Pochettino 29/05/2023 264
Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson 21/03/2023 333
Everton Sean Dyche 30/01/2023 383
Fulham Marco Silva 01/07/2021 961
Liverpool Jurgen Klopp 08/10/2015 3054
Luton Rob Edwards 17/11/2022 457
Man City Josep Guardiola 01/07/2016 2787
Man Utd Erik ten Hag 01/07/2022 596
Newcastle Eddie Howe 08/11/2021 831
Nottingham Nuno Espirito Santo 20/12/2023 59
Sheffield United Chris Wilder 4/12/2023 75
Tottenham Ange Postecoglou 06/06/2023 256
West Ham David Moyes 30/12/2019 1510
Wolves Gary O'Neil 09/08/2023 192
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There is perhaps no surprise that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola lead the charge for Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively. At the time of writing, the two managerial giants have racked up more than 2,500 days in charge of their current club and it is fair to say that their success has been rewarded with long-term employment.

However, these two are arguably the exception to the rule. With the Spaniard and the German being the only managers to exceed even 2,000 days in charge, it is ninth in the list, which probably highlights the cutthroat nature of this division the most.

The man in ninth is Erik Ten Hag. The Dutchman has only been in his post 311 days. That is how ruthless board members and directors have become in the past 12 months. A manager cannot even be in charge for a year and still be in the top half regarding longest tenure.

Klopp is currently the longest serving manager in English top flight football

From ten Hag onwards, the remaining 11 clubs in this season’s Premier League have appointed managers during the campaign. Some outfits have even rolled the managerial dice on several occasions and may still suffer relegation as a consequence.

While as a consequence of all these hirings and firings, the average length of service of all the current 20 Premier League managers is 628.5 days. Take Klopp and Guardiola out of the equation, and that figure plummets to 405.

13 or so months in charge is all you can expect when removing the two major employment exceptions. If this trend of short-termism continues into the 2023/24 campaign, that 405 will only shrink further.

While the shrinking of service highlighted an even more pertinent question. Has the length of service decreased since the beautiful game truly got underway in England? To do that, we have logged all the managerial data of each of the 92 current league clubs.

How Long Did Football Managers Have Thier Jobs in the Past?

Decade Average Length Managers
1870 3347 3
1880 3459 16
1890 2365 63
1900 2672 81
1910 2349 79
1920 1508 139
1930 1939 168
1940 1605 107
1950 1434 179
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(Decade is when a manager was appointed rather than having departed. The reason for this is because it could have moved into the next decade, so this is the most equal measure for the data)

If you were a football club manager before the end of the 19th century, you were seen as more of a custodian than anything else. Of the three managers that first found work in the 1870s, they were in charge for nearly ten years on average.

While the same could be said for the next decade, as 16 managers spent an average of 3459 days in charge. Not many trades would give you 10 years of guaranteed work; being the head coach of a football club certainly used to. 

However, it is fair to say that football was much more a pastime than the financial juggernaut that it is now and when finances enter the game, demands enter from above. Demands turn into a lack of patience. Less patience equals less in the way of job security. 

What is fascinating to see is that bar an increase in loyalty in the 1930s, every decade has seen managers in charge for less time than the decade before. What was 10 years is now lucky to be 10 months.

Although the 2020s are only embarking on their formative years, and the decade is still years from being complete, the picture does not bode well for any manager earning a job between now and 2029.

If we see that the trend is continual short-termism, then one wonders how much shorter that term can be. The current average is just 235 days for an English manager’s length of service – not even eight months in the technical area.

Even if we look at the last complete decade, the picture is not all that much encouraging, during the 2010s, the average length of employment is just 431 days—only 14 months for any manager to get their ideas across. 

While in the space of 30 or so years, that figure has been cut by half. If you were appointed during the 1980’s you would be in charge for 863 days. 28 months in the ’80s, is now 14 months just a decade ago. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the length of the job role becomes shorter, but the number of managers in charge has increased because of it. 317 appointments were made in the 1980s, that figure swelled to 759 during the 2010s. 

Now we know that managers in the past would be afforded far more time than their current counterparts, it led us to ask another question. Was a club’s first-ever manager also their longest serving? 

Football Club's First Manager's Were Their Longest

We did some further digging and this is what we found: 

Club Division Manager Appointment Date To Days in Charge Appointment Order Length Of Service Order Year Of Appointment
Aston Villa Premier League George Ramsay 01/08/1884 31/05/1926 15277 1 1 1884
Sheffield Wednesday League One Arthur Dickinson 01/08/1891 31/05/1920 10530 1 1 1891
Birmingham Championship Alfred Jones 01/08/1892 31/05/1908 5781 1 1 1892
Stockport League Two Fred Stewart 01/08/1894 31/05/1911 6146 1 1 1894
Newcastle Premier League Frank Watt 01/08/1895 01/01/1930 12571 1 1 1895
Northampton League Two Arthur Jones 01/08/1897 31/05/1907 3589 1 1 1897
Bristol Rovers League One Alfred Homer 01/08/1899 31/05/1920 7608 1 1 1899
Luton Championship Charlie Green 01/08/1901 31/05/1928 9800 1 1 1901
West Ham Premier League Syd King 01/04/1902 01/11/1932 11172 1 1 1902
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According to our sample data, 24 managers have earned the honour of being the first and longest-serving managers. However, some caveats must be attached to this from Burton to Salford in the list; this is where the respective club data begins.

Therefore, eight managers in this list arguably could be contended, but the other 16 cannot and when you look at the remaining 16, there are some incredibly long career spans. 

Club Division Manager Appointment Date To Days in Charge Appointment Order Length Of Service Order Year Of Appointment
Aston Villa Premier League George Ramsey 01/08/1884 31/05/1926 15277 1 1 1884
Newcastle Premier League Frank Watt 01/08/1895 01/01/1930 12571 1 1 1895
Swindon League Two Sam Allen 01/07/1902 01/04/1933 11232 1 1 1902
West Ham Premier League Syd King 01/04/1902 01/11/1932 11172 1 1 1902
Sheffield Wednesday League One Arthur Dickinson 01/08/1891 31/05/1920 10530 1 1 1891
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Of the table of 24 above, here are the top five and each of them racked up more than 10,000 days in charge of the clubs. The winner of the first and longest manager criteria was George Ramsay of Aston Villa. Appointed in 1886, they finally called time 15,277 days later in 1926.

George Ramsay managed a single club for nearly 42 years!  - PHOTO CREDIT By Alfred Gibson and William Pickford - This photo is from Association Football and the Men Who Made it (published in 1905-06), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=113147141

An employment length that was some seven years longer than the second entry of the list, as Frank Watt’s light shone brightly for Newcastle. Appointed in 1895, he would not call time on his stint on Tyneside until 1930. 

Of course, we cannot forget the trio of Sam Allen, Syd King, and Arthur Dickinson. Managing Swindon, West Ham, and Sheffield Wednesday respectively for 30 years plus – job security that a Premier League would not even imagine in their wildest dreams.

Although George Ramsay may have been the man who is in charge for the longest and also the first for a club, he does not have the longest employment tenure of all time. With this in mind, we shall take a look at the top 15 of all time: 

Club Division Manager Appointment Date To Days in Charge Appointment Order Length Of Service Order
West Brom Championship Fred Everiss 01/08/1902 31/05/1948 16740 6 1
Aston Villa Premier League George Ramsey 01/08/1884 31/05/1926 15277 1 1
Wolves Premier League John Addenbrooke 01/08/1885 01/06/1922 13452 2 1
Newcastle Premier League Frank Watt 01/08/1895 01/01/1930 12571 1 1
Sheffield United Championship John Nicholson 01/05/1899 01/04/1932 12023 2 1
Swindon League Two Sam Allen 01/07/1902 01/04/1933 11232 1 1
West Ham Premier League Syd King 01/04/1902 01/11/1932 11172 1 1
Sheffield Wednesday League One Arthur Dickinson 01/08/1891 31/05/1920 10530 1 1
Brighton Premier League Charles Webb 01/08/1919 01/05/1947 10135 4 1
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That honour is bestowed to West Brom and Fred Everiss. Everiss entered the Baggies hotseat in 1902 and did not exit it until 1948 – an incredible 46 years later. Although what is interesting here is that he was the sixth manager to ever be appointed by the club.

If we look at this top 15 in slightly more detail, twelve of them were appointed as one of the first five managers of the club in question. The only outliers are Everiss, Bolton’s Charles Foweraker and a certain Alex Ferguson of Manchester United.

The now Sir Alex Ferguson is certainly the outlier when it comes to the date of his appointment. The legendary Scot arrived at Old Trafford in the 1980s, the latest appointment before him in this list was Brighton’s Charles Webb in 1919. 

Alex Ferguson is an obvious modern poutlier in managers who have served a significant amount of consecutive time in the job

While Ferguson’s length of service at the Theatre of Dreams will undoubtedly be an outlier when looking at how the current 20 Premier League clubs behave. Suppose we look at the average length of employment for these top-tier clubs, it makes for some interesting reading. 

Club Average Days Managers
Liverpool 2065 22
West Ham 1838 24
Arsenal 1747 26
Manchester United 1722 25
Everton 1343 37
Wolves 1302 40
Manchester City 1158 41
Aston Villa 1112 43
Newcastle 1039 45
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If you are a Liverpool manager then you may have the comfiest hot seat in the Premier League. On average, a manager at Anfield has been in charge for 2,065 days and only 22 men have been fortunate enough to be given such an honour.

While West Ham will also find itself in the list of honours in terms of length of service. The East London club has only appointed 24 managers in its history; each of those has been given 1,838 days in charge. 

Two fewer managers than that of Arsenal in third, as the North London outfit has given an average of 1,747 days to their 26 managers. Take a trip across the capital and their arch-rivals Tottenham have given 44 managers an average of just 980 days by comparison.

Arsenal’s figure is undoubtedly helped by the legacy that Arsene Wenger left behind. The same can certainly be said for Manchester United and the aforementioned Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils have welcomed 25 managers through their doors; they got 1,722 days each. 

At the other end of the spectrum, it is Leeds, Leicester and Crystal Palace who find themselves in the theoretical relegation zone. The Elland Road outfit has seen through 43 managers in their history; they have only been given an average of 863 days in charge.

While the Foxes sit second bottom and with 56 managers entering Filbert Street or the King Power Stadium, their spell in the East Midlands averages out at 764 days or just over two years in charge.

Roy Hodgson manages Crystal palace, the club with the record of the shortest average managerial job tenure length - Image: katatonia82/shutterstock

However, even that sounds like a job for life when compared to Crystal Palace. The Eagles have appointed 65 managers during the club’s lengthy history. Unfortunately, for that sizeable panel, they only get an average of 656 days in the job.

This means if you are looking for some career advice, the best we can possibly give you is do not become a Premier League manager if you are looking for something long-term. What used to be gainful employment is now becoming more akin to work experience.

Quick Read Question and Answers

If you want the context of this article in a short form, check out these Questions and answers about the length of time managers in the English top flight football have lasted in their jobs in the years since inception in 1870

FAQ

Football Manager Length of Service

  • What is the new trend in the employment of managers in the Premier League?

    The trend in the Premier League is that managers are not in charge for very long, with many departures resembling a "bloodbath" regarding managerial casualties during the 2022/23 campaign.

  • How many managers were sacked during the 2022/23 campaign?

    13 managers were sacked from last August to this May, which is the most in any single Premier League season.

  • Who are the two longest-serving managers in the current Premier League season?

    Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are the two longest-serving managers in the current Premier League season, with more than 2,500 days in charge of their respective clubs.

  • What is the average length of service for all 20 Premier League managers in 2022/23

    The average length of service for all 20 Premier League managers is 628.5 days. If Klopp and Guardiola are excluded, the figure drops to 405 days.

  • Which Premier League club has the shortest average length of managerial tenure?

    Crystal Palace has the shortest average length of managerial tenure in the Premier League, with managers only getting an average of 656 days in the job.

  • Has the length of service for football managers decreased over time in England?

    The length of service for football managers has decreased over time in England, with every decade seeing managers in charge for less time than the decade before.

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