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The longest-serving managers in football history

Mon 16 November 2020 | 14:30

Do you think the background of a coach is important or his age? Do you think the more a coach stays with a club would lead to his success? In this article we are to talk about the longest-serving managers in football history.

When a coach signs a contract with a team, undoubtedly it takes some time to get to know all the staff and players. The same is true for players and technical staff. Once the coach and the players get along with each other, it is time for the coach to transfer his technique and knowledge to the players. This is a critical moment. This is when the importance of patience reveals itself. It is not far-fetched that a coach could not achieve the desired results of the fans during the first weeks of a season. But rush makes things worse. This is the time when club managers need to give their coaches a chance to prove themselves. The longer a coach works with a club, the higher his success rate.

The longest-serving coaches in Football history

Throughout the history of football, several coaches have registered their names as

the longest-serving football managers of all time,

so we would mention some in this article. The order of the names in the below list is based on the number of games of each coach.

Alex Ferguson

The number one on the list of

the longest-serving managers in football history

is the legendary Alex Ferguson. We all have the some best memories of him and his great time in

Manchester United

. He spent 27 years with Man United.

Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE was born on 31 December 1941 in Glasgow, Scotland. He began his football career with Harmony Row Boys Club in Govan and later on broke into several other clubs such as Queen's Park, 

St Johnstone

Dunfermline Athletic

Rangers

,  Falkirk and

Ayr United

. Ferguson declared his retirement in 1974 and at the young age of 32 started his career as a coach and since today, he has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football.

His record as the first longest-serving football managers in football history is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    2155

  • The Total Matches won:

    1253

Teams and years: 

East Stirlingshire

(1974)

St Mirren

(1974-1978) Scotland (1985-1986)

Aberdeen

(1978-1986) Manchester United (1986-2013)

Arsène Wenger

The second one on our list of the longest-serving managers in football history is the prestigious Arsen Wenger, the winner of Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. Having spent 22 years of his coach life in

Arsenal

, now his name is the equivalent of the club. Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger OBE was born on 22 October 1949 in Strasbourg, France. Arsen Wenger started his football career as a player in 1963 with FC Duttlenheim, and until before his retirement, he had also played in Mutzig, Mulhouse , ASPV Strasbourg and Strasbourg. After receiving his coaching diploma in Paris in 1981, he continued his football passion now as a coach.

His record as the second

longest-serving football managers in football history

is as below:

  • The total Matches

    : 1709

  • The Total Matches won

    : 918

Teams and years: 

Nancy

(1984-1987)

Monaco

(1987-1994)

Nagoya Grampus Eight

(1995-1996) Arsenal (1996-2018)

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Graham Turner

Graham John Turner spent 5110 days at

Hereford United

and by this record, he must be known as the third longest-serving managers in football history. He was born on 5 October 1947 in Ellesmere Port, England. He started his playing career at

Wrexham

before moving to rivals Chester in January 1968 and after five years, moved to his third and final club

Shrewsbury Town

for £30,000. for 19 years he played as a central defender and following his retirement he started his profession as a coach.

His record as the third

longest-serving football managers of all time

is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1659

  • The Total Matches won:

    656

Teams and years:

 Shrewsbury Town(1978-1984)

Aston Villa

(1984-1986)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

(1986-1994) Hereford United(1995-2009)

Alec Stock

Alec William Alfred Stock was born on 30 March 1917 in Peasedown St John, Somerset, England. In 1936 he joined

Charlton Athletic

to start his professional football and later he also played for Queens Park Rangers and

Yeovil Town

. Once he declared his retirement from professional football as a player, in 1949 he decided to be a football coach. He died on 16 April 2001 at the age of 84.

His record as the fourth longest-serving managers in football history is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1618

  • The Total Matches won:

    679

Teams and years:

 Yeovil Town(1946-1949)

Leyton Orien

t(1949–1959)

AS Roma

(1957-1958) Queens Park Rangers(1959–1968)

Luton Town

(1968–1972)

Fulham

(1972–1976)

Bournemouth

(1979–1980)

Willie Maley

The fifth

longest-serving managers in football history

is Willie Maley who had spent 15696 days only with one club. William Patrick Maley was born on 25 April 1868 and died on 2 April 1958 at the age of 89. In 1886 he joined Cathcart Hazelbank Juniors and in the following years of his profession, he played for Third Lanark,

Celtic

and Manchester City. He started his coaching career at the age of 29 with Celtic and spent 43 years with the club.

His record as the fifth

longest-serving coaches of all time

is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1611

  • The Total Matches won:

    1039

  • Teams and years:

     Celtic (1897-1940)

Dario Gradi

Dario Gradi, MBE was born on 8 July 1941 in Milan, Italy. As a player, he started his football with

Sutton United

in 1969 and then joined

Tooting & Mitcham United.

He soon started his coaching career which caused him to lose his status and become ineligible to continue his playing career. At the age of just 29, he was appointed as the assistant coach of

Chelsea

. He was busy coaching different clubs notably

Crewe Alexandra

but unfortunately In late 2016, following the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal, in November 2016 Gradi got suspended by The Football Association.

His record as one of the longest-serving football managers of all time is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1,557

  • The Total Matches won:

    574

Teams and years:

 Sutton United (1976-1977)

Wimbledon

(1978-1981)

Crystal Palace

(1981) Crewe Alexandra (1983-2007, 2008, 2009-2011)

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Fred Everiss

By the record of 46 years, Fred Everiss is one of the coaches who stay the longest time at a club. He was born in 1882 and joined Albion's office staff in 1896 and started his coaching career in 1902 and stayed with

West Bromwich Albion

until 1948. His 46 years as a coach, technically make him English football's longest-serving manager of all time. He died in 1951 at the age of 68.

His record as the seventh

longest-serving coaches in football history

is as below:

  • The total Matches

    : 1,520

  • The Total Matches won

    : 656

  • Teams and years:

     West Bromwich Albion (1902-1948)

Neil Warnock

The owner of the record of the most promotions in English football is one of the longest-serving managers in football history. Neil Warnock was born on 1 December 1948 in Sheffield, England. Neil started his professional playing career with

Chesterfield

in 1967 and later on moved on to

Rotherham United

,

Hartlepool United

,

Scunthorpe United,Aldershot

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Barnsley

, York City, and Crewe Alexandra. At the age of 30, he finished his career at Crewe Alexandra in 1979 and entered the world of coaches. His first full managerial job was with the Northern Premier League side

Gainsborough Trinity

in 1981.

His record as the eighth

longest-serving football managers in history

is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1,492

  • The Total Matches won:

    600

Teams and years: 

Scarborough

(1986–1989)

Notts County

(1989–1993) Torquay United(1993) Huddersfield Town(1993–1995)  Plymouth Argyle(1995–1997) Oldham Athletic(1997–1998) Bury (1998–1999)  Sheffield United(1999–2007) Crystal Palace(2007–2010, 2014) Queens Park Rangers(2010–2012, 2015)

Leeds United

(2012–2013) Rotherham United(2016) Cardiff City(2016–2019)  

Middlesbrough

(2020-)

Jim Smith

"The Bald Eagle" of English football is our ninth longest-serving football managers of all time. James Michael Smith was born on 17 October 1940 and passed away on 10 December 2019 at the age of 79. He began his playing career in 1957 when he signed for

Sheffield United

and later on joined different clubs including Aldershot,

Halifax Town,

Lincoln City, Boston United  and

Colchester United

. after almost 370 appearances as a player, he started his coaching career, which was a great start, Boston club finished in the top four of the Northern Premier League in every of his first three seasons.

His record as one of the

managers who stayed the longest time

at a club is as below:

  • The total Matches

    : 1,475

  • The Total Matches won

    : 577

Teams and years: 

Boston United

(player-manager) (1969–1972)  Colchester United (player-manager) (1972–1975) Blackburn Rovers(1975–1978)

Birmingham City

(1978–1982) Oxford United(1982–1985, 2006–2007, 2008)  Queens Park Rangers(1985–1988)

Newcastle United

(1988–1991)

Portsmouth

(1991–1995) Derby County(1995–2001)

Brian Clough

The ESPN 3rd Greatest Manager of All Time is the next

longest-serving managers in football history.

He was born on 21 March 1935 and passed away on 20 September 2004 at the age of 69. As a player, he joined Middlesbrough in 1951, and later on, he moved to Billingham Synthonia and

Sunderland

. In 1965 he was appointed as the coach of Hartlepools United and till 1993 he continued his coaching profession. He spent 6570 days with

Nottingham Forest

.

His record as the 10th

longest-serving football coaches of all time

is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1,453

  • The Total Matches won:

    675

Teams and years:

 Hartlepools United (1965-1967)

 Derby County

(1967-1973)  Brighton & Hove Albion (1973-1974)  Leeds United (1974) Nottingham Forest (1975-1993)

Bobby Robson

Sir Robert William Robson CBE spent 4745 days with

Ipswich Town

and so considered as one of the longest-serving managers in football history. He was born on 18 February 1933 and passed away on 31 July 2009 at the age of 79. He spent 20 years of his life as a player for three clubs including Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, and, briefly, Vancouver Royals. Following his retirement in 1968, He joined Fulham as a coach. His debut as a manager was in January 1968 at his former club Fulham, against Macclesfield Town.

His record as the 11th longest-serving coaches in football history is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1,446

  • The Total Matches won:

    718

Teams and years:

 Fulham (1968) Ipswich Town (1969–1982) England (1982–1990)

PSV Eindhoven

(1990–1992, 1998–1999) Sporting CP (1992–1994)  Porto (1994–1996)

 Barcelona

(1996–1997) Newcastle United (1999–2004)

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Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp spent 3285 days at Bournemouth, now is the 12th longest-serving managers in football history. Henry James Redknapp was born on 2 March 1947 in Poplar, London, England. He started his career with

Tottenham Hotspur

, playing for the youth team until he was 15 years old and later on he moved to West Ham United. He first broke into the first team at West Ham in the 1965–66 seasons. As a player, he had enjoyed the benefits of playing in different clubs to name AFC Bournemouth,  Brentford, 

AP Leamington

Seattle Sounders

and Phoenix Fire. As he got retired, he began his coaching career as player-assistant manager of NASL club Seattle Sounders from 1976 to 1979 under Jimmy Gabriel and after a couple of years worked as the main coach.

His record as the 12th longest-serving coaches of all time is as below:

The total Matches:

1391

The Total Matches won:

596

Teams and years:

  • Bournemouth (1983–1992) West Ham United (1994–2001) Portsmouth (2002–2004, 2005–2008) Southampton (2004–2005) Tottenham Hotspur (2008–2012) Queens Park Rangers (2012–2015) Jordan (2016) Birmingham City (2017)

Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor, OBE was born on 15 September 1944 and passed away on 12 January 2017 at the age of 72. In 1962 he joined

Grimsby Town

and after 6 years moved to Lincoln City and remained there until his retirement and then he started his coaching career with his former club Lincoln City. Taylor was the only manager to have twice led teams that amassed over 70 points in one Football League season.

His record as the 13th longest-serving coaches of all time is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1,384

  • The Total Matches won

    : 596

  • Teams and years:

     Lincoln City(1972-1977) Watford(1977-1987, 1996-2001)  Aston Villa(1987-1990, 2002-2003) England(1990-1993) Wolverhampton Wanderers(1994-1995)

Giovanni Trapattoni

The 14th rank of longest-serving coaches in football history belongs to Giovanni Trapattoni, One of the most celebrated managers in football history. Giovanni Trapattoni was born on 17 March 1939 in Cusano Milanino, Kingdom of Italy. In 1953 he joined

AC Milan

youth academy to start his professional football and later on joined AC Milan in which spent his successful time as a player. In 1974, two years after his retirement he commenced his coaching career in his former club AC Milan. In his early years at Milan, he worked as a caretaker coach, and after a year, He was appointed as the first-team coach in 1975.

His record as the next coach on our list of coaches who stayed the longest time at a club is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1,382

  • The Total Matches won

    : 716

Teams and years:

 A.C. Milan(1974, 1975–1976)

Juventus

(1976–1986, 1991–1994) Inter Milan(1986–1991)

Bayern Munich

(1994–1995, 1996–1998) Cagliari(1995–1996)

Fiorentina

(1998–2000) Italy(2000–2004) Benfica(2004–2005) VfB Stuttgart (2005–2006) Red Bull Salzburg (2006–2008) Republic of Ireland (2008–2013)  Vatican City (2010)

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George Ramsay

The winner of six League Championships and six FA Cups is George Ramsy who spent almost 42 years with Aston Villa. George Burrell Ramsay was born on 4 March 1855 and at the age of 80 passed away on 7 October 1935. Before playing Aston Villa as a player, Ramsy had played for Glasgow Rovers and then in 1876 joined Aston Villa and stayed with the club until 1882. In June 1882 he got retired with Aston Villa but remained at the club as Secretary from 1884–1926, but he was not only a secretary, his responsibility was to arrange the team. Having passed 42 years in Aston Villa he got retired as coach at the age of 71 and became an honorary advisor and a vice-president of the club.

His record as the 15th longest-serving football managers in history is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1,327

  • Teams and years:

     Aston Villa(1884-1926)

Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez with 2119 days at Liverpool, is the next

coaches who stayed the longest time a club

. Rafael Benítez Maudes was born on 16 April 1960 in Madrid, Spain. He joined the Real Madrid youth academy to start his professional career and then he joined some other clubs including Real Madrid,  Aficionados, Castilla,  Parla and Linares. As he was playing in

Linares

he got serious injuries and so decided to continue his football as a coach, therefor in 1986, at the age of 26, Benítez returned to Real Madrid to join the club's coaching staff.

His record as the 16th longest-serving football managers of all time is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    1148

  • The Total Matches won:

    565

Teams and years:

 Real Valladolid (1995–1996) Osasuna (1996) Extremadura (1997–1999) Tenerife (2000–2001)

Valencia

( 2001–2004)

Liverpool

(2004–2010) Internazionale (2010) Chelsea (2012–2013) Napoli (2013–2015)  Real Madrid (2015–2016) Newcastle United (2016–2019)

Dalian Professional

(2019–present)

David Moyes

The 17th longest-serving managers in football history is David Moyes who had spent 11 years and 3 months with

Everton

. David William Moyes was born on 25 April 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1978 He started his career at Icelandic club ÍBV, playing half a season with the youth team. As a player he made 550 league appearances with several football clubs including Celtic, Cambridge United,  Shrewsbury Town, Hamilton Academical,  Preston North End. Following his retirement, he started working as a manager in 1998.

His record as one of the

coaches who stayed the longest time at a club

 is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    945

  • The Total Matches won:

    396

Teams and years:

 Preston North End(1998–2002) Everton(2002–2013) Manchester United(2013–2014)

Real Sociedad

(2014–2015) Sunderland (2016–2017) West Ham United(2017–2018, 2019-Present)

Eddie Howe

The next manager on the list of longest-serving managers in football history is one of the youngest.  Edward John Frank Howe was born on 29 November 1977 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. He began his footballing career with local youth teams Rossgarth and Parley Sports before starting his professional career at AFC Bournemouth. In December 1995 He made his debut against Hull City and soon established himself as an important player in AFC Bournemouth's defence. After over 270 appearances, injuries pushed his retirement as a player in 2007 and he then moved into a coaching career. He was the youngest manager in the Football League when appointed AFC Bournemouth manager in January 2009.

His record as the 18th longest-serving coaches of all time is as below:

  • The total Matches:

    545

  • The Total Matches won:

    228

Teams and years:

 AFC Bournemouth (2008–2011)

Burnley

(2011–2012) AFC Bournemouth (2012–2020)

In the above article, we have provided you with a summary of

the longest-serving managers in football history

. The number of games and years of activity of a coach is his identity, which is always exciting for football fans around the world. Do you think the number of active years of a coach play a role in his success?

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source: SportMob