A list that contained Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and David Moyes as the three longest tenured managers in the Premier League now contains just Wenger, with 16 years and 242 days under his belt with the Gunners.
Ferguson called it a career with Manchester United after taking over the club in 1986 and leading them to 38 trophies, 13 league titles and multiple Champions League, FA and League Cup titles. The vacant managing position at Manchester United was met by immediate rumors of who might be its eventual successor, but it was Everton’s longtime manager of 11 plus years who eventually took on the reigns left unoccupied by Ferguson. Moyes is rumored to be already busy at work, just several days into the gig.
That leaves Wenger as the Patriarch of the English Premier League–which indirectly gives the Frenchman an unspoken responsibility to elevate Arsenal to the next level in the years to come. It also leaves Alan Pardew of Newcastle United as the second longest tenured manager in the EPL with just 2 years and 173 days of service time. And after Pardew, there are only three managers with more than a year’s service time–one of which is newly promoted Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay.
It will be a new look Premier League next year; and that is without knowing who will fill the vacant position at Chelsea. Their Spanish interim manager, Rafael Benítez, left the club to manage Napoli of Serie A in Italy after replacing Roberto Di Matteo in November of 2012. Early presumptions are that former Chelsea manager, José Mourinho, is the likeliest candidate to take over. Having served as Real Madrid manager since 2010, and just off signing a new deal that’d keep him in Madrid until 2016, Mourinho and Real president Florentino Pérez announced that the two had mutually agreed that Mourinho would no longer continue in the position after the conclusion of Madrid’s season.
The position in Everton, which was made available by Moyes’ move to ManU, is also vacant. Though technically not a Premier League team, after being relegated to the Championship, Wigan Athletic is also without a manager. Wigan’s ex-manager Roberto Martínez is a possible replacement for Moyes at Everton, having been allowed to speak with chairman Bill Kenwright about the position while still under contractual obligation with Wigan. Wigan owner, Dave Whelan, had released information that stated Martínez didn’t feel fit to bring Wigan back to the Premier League.
It doesn’t end with just the big name clubs. Mark Hughes, who managed Queens Park Rangers for 34 matches in 2012 before being sacked, will take over at Stoke City. His return to the Premier League comes after Tony Pulis and Stoke Chairman Peter Coates had decided it was an unsuccessful season for the Potters. And Brian Kidd is currently acting as caretaker manager for Manchester City after the sacking of Roberto Mancini. He won’t man the position come next season, however. It is likely, as an apparent verbal agreement has taken place, that Manuel Pellegrini will be Mancini’s replacement. Pellegrini managed Málaga of La Liga for three seasons but announced he would leave the club at the end of the season.
Additionally, four managers had taken over clubs midway through this past season; Harry Redknapp of QPR (relegated), Mauricio Pochettino of Southampton, Nigel Adkins of Reading (relegated), and Paolo Di Canio of Sunderland. While only two will be coaching in the Premier League next season (Pochettino and Di Canio), it goes to show the rapid fire changes taking place in the top-flight.
While there will still be plenty of experienced managers managing the EPL’s finest clubs next season; with Moyes, possibly Mourinho and Martínez all taking over top clubs, it will be a lot of new faces in new places. The usual low expectations for rookie managers might not be given to the likes of the aforementioned, but it certainly adds a bit of higher expectation from managers like Wenger and well, technically Alan Pardew, too.