With the departure at the end of the season to Arsène Wenger at Arsenal comes to an end to an era. The Frenchman is 22 years, the longest manager in the history of the Premier League.
Alex Ferguson had at Manchester United 27 years under his care, but the first six years of his employment were for the creation of the Premier League in 1992.
Ferguson was 7.582 day coach in the Premier League one club. Wenger started on Friday for his 7860e day as head coach of Arsenal.
The two trainers are on a lonely height. The number three in the rankings – David Moyes – was 4082 days manager at Everton.
Longest manager in the Premier League
- 1. Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) 7860 days
- 2. Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) 7582 days
- 3. David Moyes (Everton) 4082 days
- 4. Harry Redknapp (West Ham United) 2454 days
- 5. Rafael Benitez (Liverpool) 2119 days
- 6. Alan Curbishley (Charlton Athletic) 2087 days
- 7. Sam Allardyce (Bolton Wanderers) 2079 days
- 8. Gerard Houllier (Liverpool) 2079 days
- 9. Jim Smith (Derby County) 1887 days
- 10. Bobby Robson (Newcastle United) 181 days
Wenger began his trainerscarrière in 1984 at AS Nancy. Later he trained for seven years AS Monaco. After a season in Japan at Nagoya Grampus Eight he ended up on 22 septmeber 1996 at Arsenal.
Because of the defensive style of play the club had for the arrival of Wenger, the nickname ‘Boring Arsenal’, but under Wenger played the team’s attractive and attacking football with topspitsen as Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and later Robin van Persie.
Wenger in 1998, 2002 and 2004 champion, the Arsenal, the last season even undefeated. In 2006, the Champions League with a 2-1 lost to FC Barcelona.