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Five Longest Serving Coaches in European Football


Though there are more and more exceptions in the modern day game, many great club sides have been able to achieve a high level of success due to long-term projects orchestrated by the man in the dugout. As we have witnessed multiple times in football, a coach can turn around the fortunes of a club, single-handedly in some cases.

Sir Alex Ferguson did it with Manchester United, and Johan Cruyff did it with Barcelona. While the beginning of a managerial reign sometimes isn’t all that rosy, success often comes in the long term, and we can still see examples of this in the current era.

Here, we present to you, 5 chiefs who have been part and parcel of their sides for a long while now (bearing in mind 2 + seasons is a long stint these days).

1 Arsene Wenger

The 66-year-old has become almost ingrained in The Gunners, so much so that the new generation of fans think Arsene is Arsenal’s coach because of his name.

Having called the shots at the North London outfit for 2 decades now, Wenger now ranks above his peers as the longest serving coach in the top five European Leagues.

Since his arrival from AS Monaco in September 1996, the French tactician has helped establish the club’s dominance on home soil, winning them their first ever Premier League title in his 2nd season in charge.

Win Ratio:

The fans might turn against him now and then, but Les Professeur deserves credit for making Arsenal a big name side they are today. In the 1,120 games he has overseen as a coach, Arsenal have won 641 and drawn 261, at an overall win ratio of 57.7%. Few managers can rival such stats.


3 Premier League Titles: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
6 FA Cups:1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2013–14, 2014–15
6 FA Community Shields : 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015

Influence on The Game:

Wenger has kept his reputation as a football manager who advocates free-flowing, attacking football for as long as he has been in charge of Arsenal, opposing the methods of those who grind out of results with ‘anti-football’ tactics.

He also belongs to a school of thought known to help develop youngsters and turn them into top players. Though his reluctance to spend big on players is beginning to hurt Arsenal, his desire and patience to bring through some of England’s best youngsters have been good for the game.

Influence On the Club:

Arsenal have become one the best sides when it comes to playing beautiful football, and finding someone to continue that style of play when he leaves will be herculean for the club’s hierarchy.

Notable Achievement(s):

– 49 league game unbeaten run in 2004
– Champions League runners-up in 2006

2 Diego Simone

So good is El Cholo that Argentina want him to manage their national team on a part-time basis despite still being in charge of Atletico Madrid.

The 46-year-old was appointed to take charge of Rojiblancos in December 2011, and he caught everyone’s attention 7 months later by leading his side to a 4 – 1 thrashing of Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup. In his 4 full seasons at the Vicente Calderon, the charismatic Simeone has turned the La Liga duopoly into a 3-horse race that now consistently features his club.

Win Ratio:

The stats speak in favour. The Argentine has recorded 164 wins, 52 draws and 44 losses in 260 games, giving him a win ratio of 63.08%.


La Liga: 2013–14
Copa del Rey: 2012–13
Supercopa de España: 2014
UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
UEFA Super Cup: 2012

Influence on The Game:

If there is a man that has mastered how to make a team defend as if their lives depends on it, it’s Diego Simeone.

The Argentine is Guardiola’s and Barcelona’s nightmare. The Atletico boss has shown on countless occasions that defending is the new winning as far as football is concerned, and many are emulating his style. The best thing is, Simeone has managed to keep his side relatively interesting to watch despite this brand of football, having brought in some quality players blessed with pace and skill on the counter attack.

Influence on Club:

With 2 Champions League finals in 3 seasons, the fan favourite has turned Atletico to a fearsome entity, and the players play for their master. He’s undoubtedly the greatest coach in the history of the club, and the mutual love between the two knows no bounds.

Notable Achievement(s):

– Champions League runners-up. 2014 and 2016

– Top 3 finish for 4 consecutive seasons

3 Sean Dyche

The Premier League will witness the 2nd coming of the Sean Dyche-led Burnley after just a season away from the top-flight.

Since taking over the Turf Moor outfit in October 2012, the 45-year-old has climbed the managerial ladder with an enviable rate of success.

Many are tipping him for the England job in the future, but for now, we are all interested as to whether or not he can keep his team up in the Premier League, after falling at the first attempt.

Win Ratio:

For a manager of his calibre, having a 42.3% win ratio is not that bad given the circumstances with which he has accomplished it. In 175 games with Burnley, Dyke has recorded 74 wins, 54 draws and 47 losses.


Football League Championship: 2015–16

Influence on The Game:

The English manager has helped confirm that sticking with a manager through the thick and thin pays in the long-run. We can’t wait to see how his side will fare in the top flight this time around.

Influence on Club:

Helping a club earn promotion twice within the space of 3 seasons is no ordinary feat. Dyke has been able to do so on a tight budget and has inspired his side to some significant victories.

Notable Achievement(s):

– 23 games undefeated at the end of last season

– Football League Championship runners-up: 2013–14

4 Eddie Howe

We don’t often see a 31-year-old coach in England or any other part of the world for that matter, so when Eddie Howe took charge of The Cherries at such a young age, not many tipped him for success.

Having first taken the Bournemouth job back in 2009, Howe achieved promotion from League 2 (England’s fourth tier) to League 1, before taking over at Burnley. His spell at Turf Moor did not last long however, and Howe returned to the Cherries in 2012 where he achieved another two promotions meaning Bournemouth managed their first ever top-flight appearance in 117 years of existence.

Having taken the South coast club through all of the English Football League, the ex-England youth international is among the first names that get mentioned when tipping the next managers to take charge of the ‘big’ teams. His first stint with Bournemouth lasted 3 years between 2008 and 2011. The brief spell at Burnley aside, Howe now continues to show loyalty to his childhood club by consistently rejecting offers from suitors in favour of maintaining his Bournemouth miracle.

Win Ratio:

Howe has won 90 out of 186 official games for Bournemouth in his 2nd and current stint, putting his win ratio at 48.4%. He has lost 55 games and drawn 41.


Football League Championship:2014–15

Football League One runner-up: 2012–13

Football League Two runner-up:2009–10

Influence on The Game:

Howe continues to inspire other young aspiring coaches having recorded enviable success in his managerial career.

Influence on Club:

He regards Bournemouth as a family club and is held in high esteem by the fans and management due to his contributions to the side.

Notable Achievement(s):

– Leading Bournemouth to their first ever EPL appearance

5 Mark Hughes

The 52-year-old veteran has managed a few teams in his time including Manchester City, Fulham and QPR in a 17-year long career. Currently the general-in-charge of the Britannia Stadium footed forces, Hughes has successfully turned Stoke City’s home ground into a fortress since he made an entry in May 2013. He has led the club to a 9th-place finish thrice, their highest and best finish in the Premier League for over 5 decades.

Win Ratio:

His 39.6% win ratio is below par, but Hughes has at least kept Stoke comfortably inside the Premier League every season. In 134 games under the Welshman, The Potters have recorded 53 wins, 32 draws and 49 losses.


Influence on The Game:

Stoke is renowned as being ‘a tough place to go’, and Hughes is fantastic at ensuring his team give away no easy points when playing at home. Earning a point at the Britannia is seen as a significant achievement in the Premier League, and many wish to replicate the art of making their home grounds a tough place for visiting teams.

Influence on Club:

The Welshman definitely keeps a positive atmosphere and has seen his earlier 3-year contract extended. It is believed he can help them make a European appearance as a top 7 finish is a possible target.

Notable Achievement(s):

– Three consecutive 9th-place finishes since 2013/2014