The longest serving managers in English football: Liverpool boss Klopp in third place, Man Utd’s Ten Hag mid-table…

Millwall manager Gary Rowett, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. TEAMtalk montage. Credit: Alamy
Millwall manager Gary Rowett, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. TEAMtalk montage. Credit: Alamy

While a lot of football managers are often left fearing for their jobs, some are in a far more comfortable position. 

There are always a lot of managerial changes during every football season as owners hope that a new manager will transform the team’s fortunes. But some managers have plenty of credit in the bank and don’t have to worry about the sack race.

We’ve taken a look at every Premier League and English Football League manager and ranked them by how long they’ve been in charge of their club.

Note: Oxford United currently don’t have a manager after they sacked Karl Robinson in February.

91. Chris Wilder, Watford – Appointed: March 7th 2023

– Ben Garner, Colchester United – Appointed: March 2nd 2023

– John Askey, Hartlepool United – Appointed: February 23rd 2023

– Matt Bloomfield, Wycombe Wanderers – Appointed: February 21st 2023

– Gareth Ainsworth, QPR – Appointed: February 21st 2023

– Javi Gracia, Leeds United – Appointed: February 21st 2023

– Neil Warnock, Huddersfield Town – Appointed: February 13th 2023

Despite announcing his retirement from football management in 2022, Warnock is now back in the dugout with Huddersfield Town, who are currently bottom of the Championship.

“It’s a great challenge really,” he said after being appointed in February. “I always thought if I came back in it’d be the end of February. I only want to work 10 weeks a year, if I’m honest, and it was always going to be a club I love like Huddersfield, QPR or Cardiff.”

The 74-year-old oversaw a 2-1 win against Birmingham City in his first game in charge but has since lost 4-0 against Burnley and Coventry City.

– Ruben Selles, Southampton – Appointed: February 12th 2023

– Jody Morris, Swindon Town – Appointed: January 31st 2023

– Sean Dyche, Everton – Appointed: January 30th 2023

– Shaun Maloney, Wigan Atheltic – Appointed: January 28th 2023

80. Sabri Lamouchi, Cardiff City – Appointed: January 27th 2023

– Duncan Ferguson, Forest Green Rovers – Appointed: January 26th 2023

– John Mousinho, Portsmouth – Appointed: January 20th 2023

– Mick McCarthy, Blackpool – Appointed: January 19th 2023

– Scott Lindsey, Crawley Town – Appointed: January 11th 2023

– David Wagner, Norwich City – Appointed: January 6th 2023s

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough – Appointed: January 4th 2023

Son of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren has spent most of his managerial career at Peterborough United.

He resigned from the role in February 2022 but recently returned to the club for his fourth stint as manager, signing a short-term contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

– Mark Jackson, MK Dons – Appointed: December 23rd 2022

– Dean Holden, Charlton Athletic – Appointed: December 20th 2022

– Rob Edwards, Luton Town – Appointed: November 17th 2022

70. Julen Lopetegui, Wolves – Appointed: November 14th 2022

– Lee Bell, Crewe Alexandra – Appointed: November 4th 2022

– Liam Rosenior, Hull City – Appointed: November 3rd 2022

– Unai Emery, Aston Villa – Appointed: November 1st 2022

– Carlos Corberan, West Brom – Appointed: October 25th 2022

– Michael Carrick, Middlesbrough – Appointed: October 24th 2022

Carrick got his first managerial job in October 2022, taking over at a Middlesborough side that were 21st in the Championship after 16 games.

The former Manchester United midfielder has already overseen a remarkable transformation at the Riverside and they are just four points behind second-placed Sheffield United.

–  Gary Caldwell, Exeter City – Appointed: October 24th 2022

– Graham Coughlan, Newport County – Appointed: October 20th 2022

– Danny Schofield, Doncaster Rovers – Appointed: October 20th 2022

– Matt Taylor, Rotherham United – Appointed: October 4th 2022

60. Paul Warne, Derby County – Appointed: September 22nd 2022

– Roberto De Zerbi, Brighton – Appointed: September 18th 2022

– Graham Potter, Chelsea – Appointed: September 8th 2022

After earning plenty of plaudits for his work at Brighton & Hove Albion, Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel in the Chelsea dugout in September 2022.

But the 47-year-old already finds himself under immense pressure at Stamford Bridge after winning just 10 of his first 27 games in charge.

– Dino Maamria, Burton Albion – Appointed: September 5th 2022

– Tony Mowbray, Sunderland – Appointed: August 30th 2022

– Gary O’Neill, Bournemouth – Appointed: August 30th 2022s

– Jim Bentley, Rochdale – Appointed: August 29th 2022

– Alex Neil, Stoke City – Appointed: August 28th 2022

– John Eustace, Birmingham City – Appointed: July 3rd 2022

– Wade Elliott, Cheltenham Town – Appointed: June 27th 2022

50. Michael Duff, Barnsley – Appointed: June 15th 2022

– Vincent Kompany, Burnley – Appointed: June 14th 2022

Kompany began his managerial career at Anderlecht before taking over at Burnley following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of 2021/22.

The former Manchester City captain is enjoying a brilliant debut season at Turf Moor and has led them to the top of the Championship table – while also revolutionising their style of play.

Vincent Kompany attends his first press conference at Barnfield Training Centre, Burnley Credit: Alamy
Vincent Kompany attends his first press conference at Barnfield Training Centre, Burnley Credit: Alamy

– Jon Dahl Tomasson, Blackburn Rovers – Appointed: June 14th 2022

– Pete Wild, Barrow – Appointed: May 27th 2022

– Erik ten Hag, Manchester United – Appointed: May 23rd 2022

– Neil Wood, Salford City – Appointed: May 20th 2022

– Johnnie Jackson, AFC Wimbledon – Appointed: May 16th 2022

– Mark Kennedy, Lincoln City – Appointed: May 12th 2022

– Scott Brown, Fleetwood Town – Appointed: May 12th 2022

– Steve Evans, Stevenage – Appointed: March 16th 2022

40. Richie Wellens, Leyton Orient – Appointed: March 9th 2022

– Mark Hughes, Bradford City – Appointed: February 24th 2022

Having previously spent his whole club management career in the Premier League, Hughes raised plenty of eyebrows when he pitched up at League Two side Bradford City in February 2022.

He recently celebrated his one-year anniversary in charge of the Bantams and they are now in the play-off places as they look to return to League One for the first time since 2018/19.

– Derek Adams, Morecambe – Appointed: February 24th 2022

– Paul Simpson, Carlisle United – Appointed: February 23rd 2022

– Paul Ince, Reading – Appointed: February 19th 2022

– Michael Flynn, Walsall – Appointed: February 15th 2022

– Neill Harris, Gillingham – Appointed: January 31st 2022

– Kieran McKenna, Ipswich Town – Appointed: December 16th 2021

– Steven Schumacher, Plymouth Argyle – Appointed: December 7th 2021

– Ryan Lowe, Preston North End – Appointed: December 7th 2021

30. Paul Heckingbottom, Sheffield United – Appointed: November 25th 2021

– Eddie Howe, Newcastle United – Appointed: November 8th 2021

When Howe was appointed as Newcastle’s manager in November 2021, they were 19th in the table and Premier League survival looked like a tall order.

He’s since turned the club into genuine contenders for Champions League qualification while also leading the Magpies to their first cup final since 1999.

 Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

– Dave Challinor, Stockport County – Appointed: November 2nd 2021

– Antonio Conte, Tottenham – Appointed: November 2nd 2021

– Steve Cooper, Nottingham Forest – Appointed: September 21st 2021

– Russell Martin, Swansea City – Appointed: August 1st 2021

– Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace – Appointed: July 4th 2021

– Marco Silva, Fulham – Appointed: July 1st 2021

– Micky Mellon, Tranmere Rovers – Appointed: May 31st 2021

– Darren Moore, Sheffield Wednesday – Appointed: March 1st 2021

Moore left Doncaster and took over at Sheffield United towards the end of the 2020/21 season but wasn’t able to prevent their relegation from the Championship.

The Owls just missed out on promotion in 2021/22 but are currently at the top of League One and are unbeaten in over five months – a streak stretching 21 league games.

20. Nigel Pearson, Bristol City – Appointed: February 22nd 2021

– Joey Barton, Bristol Rovers – Appointed: February 22nd 2021

– Darrell Clarke, Port Vale – Appointed: February 15th 2021

– Jon Brady, Northampton Town – Appointed: February 10th 2021

– Paul Hirst, Grimsby Town – Appointed: December 30th 2020

– Steve Cotterill, Shrewsbury Town – Appointed: November 27th 2020

– Nigel Clough, Mansfield Town – Appointed: November 6th 2020

– Ian Evatt, Bolton – Appointed: July 1st 2020

– Mark Bonner, Cambridge United – Appointed: January 29th 2020

– David Moyes, West Ham United – Appointed: December 30th 2019

10. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal – Appointed: December 22nd 2019

After Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign at Arsenal came to an end in 2018, Unai Emery had a brief spell in charge before Arteta replaced him in December 2019.

Despite being under pressure following a poor start to the 2021/22 season, the Spaniard turned things around and the Gunners are now looking to win their first Premier League title since 2003/04.

– Gary Rowett, Millwall – Appointed: October 21st 2019

– Matt Gray, Sutton United – Appointed: May 1st 2019

– Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City – Appointed: February 26th 2019

– Thomas Frank, Brentford – Appointed: October 16th 2018

– Mark Robins, Coventry City – Appointed: March 6th 2017

– Pep Guardiola, Manchester City – Appointed: July 1st 2016

– Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool – Appointed: October 8th 2015

A lot has changed since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Liverpool dugout in October 2015.

He took over a team that were 10th in the league but has since won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

While some pundits spoke of a seven-year curse following a poor start to the 2022/23 season, Klopp looks set to continue into an eighth year at Anfield.

– John Coleman, Accrington Stanley – Appointed: September 18th 2014

1. Simon Weaver, Harrogate Town – Appointed: May 21st 2009

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