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The average Premier League manager-lifetime is less than 1,5 years

Hughes been sacked after 8 month: 23 Saints-manager in 20 years

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And finally they split up: Two days after a draw against Manchester United, Southampton F.C. announced the replacement of Mark Hughes after a bit more than 8 months working as a manager for the Saints. After Slavisa Jovanovic, Hughes is just the second manager of a Premier League club who got sacked in season 2018/19. Due to the fact that Hughes just won three of his 22 league games with Southampton, the decisions were expected for months. Caretaker Kelvin Davis will be the 23rd Saints-manager in the last 20 years. 


United and Arsenal are the most loyal clubs – Crystal Palace is the one with the most fluctuation

Manchester United is still one of the most loyal clubs for managers. Within the last 20 years, just 5 managers worked at Old Trafford. That’s the second-best score in the Premier League table of managers. Arsenal Londons employed fewer managers in this period. Exactly two: Arsène Wenger and Unai Emery. On the contrary, 26 managers worked for Crystal Palace from 1998 until now. That is one every 10 months on average – a negative record!

Increasement of sacking during the last two decades

Overall the managers of the current Premier League clubs got replaced more often this decade than the one before. From season 1998/99 till season 2007/08 the average manager-period at a Premier League club has been 18,5 month. In the decade from 2008/09 till 2018/19 it has been 16 months. Overall that makes a bit less than 18-month manager-lifetime at one club on average and 281 employed Premier League manager in 20 years in total.

After Arsène Wenger left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is currently the longest-serving active Premier League manager. The most games coached Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson (1 500 games). The best-paid coach is Manchester Citys Pep Guardiola (£15,3 Mio./year).

The Premier League table of managers


Acknowledgment & Sources

Caretaker were counted as manager if they coached at least one official match. Caretaker-duos were countered as one manager. The raw data for this analysis came from the websites,,,,, and

Betting-Tip: Wich manager will be sacked next?

The sacking race is going on. After Hughes is gone, you can still bet who will be the next Premier League manager getting sacked this season. Actually, Jose Mourinho of Manchester United has the best “chance” of being the next (5/2 Odd at BetVictor). Nuno of Wolverhampton Wanderers (9/2 Odd at Sky Bet) and Sean Dyche of Burnley F.C. (13/2 Odd at Sky Bet) following with the next best odds. In contrast, Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool FC) have a relatively secure job.

Mourinho will be the next sacked Premier League Manager

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