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Football manager job security at all-time low, Sky Sports study finds

Last Updated: 24/03/17 9:29am

How long do managers last at the top 92 clubs in England ? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the exact average in days… Job security for managers in England’s top four tiers is at an all-time low, a Sky Sports study has found. A remarkable 75 managers were sacked, quit or failed to last after temporary stints in charge last season – the highest total in English football history. In addition, the average tenure for a departing manager last term was an all-time low of just 423 days.

This season, 51 managers have been axed or walked already and the average tenure is just 477 days and, with over three months until July 1st, that number could still drop below that threshold to break a new record. In the first years after the Second World War, managers had an average tenure of more than seven years, with just 20 departing their roles during the 1946/47 season. But even as recently as the start of the Premier League era in 1992/93, managers could expect to be in charge for nearly three years, with just 25 coaches losing their jobs in the first Premier League season. For the study, Sky Sports recorded every manager who has lasted 35 days or more at a current top-four tier club since 1946/47 to work out how long the average boss keeps his job, with the help of Soccerbase.com1 data.

The red line shows how many managers have left a club every season since 1946/47, while the blue line shows the average tenure of departed managers

THIS SEASON’S CASUALTIES

There have been a number of managerial departures this season which have highlighted the insecurity football managers face. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February 2017, despite leading Leicester to a 5000-1 shock Premier League win last season, while Aitor Karanka – who led Middlesbrough to the top flight last term – left his post last week.

Aitor Karanka was sacked by Middlesbrough this month

Bob Bradley only lasted 85 days at Swansea before receiving his marching orders, while Walter Zenga (Wolves), Kenny Jackett (Rotherham), Alberto Cavasin, Andy Edwards (both Leyton Orient), Russell Slade (Coventry), Chris Brass (Bury), all lasted fewer than 100 days at the helm this term in the lower leagues. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under pressure to step down after a string of poor results, but the Frenchman is unlikely to consider resignation lightly after more than 20 years in charge of the Gunners.

Arsenal fans hold up anti-Wenger signs after the match at West Brom

LONGEST-SERVING MANAGERS

Wenger is England’s longest-serving, active manager and currently holds the 10th-longest reign in our study, which is nearly twice as long as the next longest active tenure, held by Paul Tisdale at Exeter (10 years, nine months). But neither Wenger or Tisdale come close to the all-time record set by Fred Everiss, who was in charge of West Brom between 1902 and 1948 – the longest tenure of any football manager in English history. Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26-and-a-half-year reign at Old Trafford was the third-longest in our list, ahead of another ex United boss Sir Matt Busby.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and keeper Peter Schmeichel with the trophy after a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in 1999

Football Manager Job Security At All-time Low, Sky Sports Study Finds

YOUR CLUB’S AVERAGE MANAGER TENURE

In terms of average tenures at clubs since 1946/47, Manchester United, boosted by Ferguson’s tenure, lead the pack with the average boss lasting 2,346 days. Arsenal have the second longest with 2,172 days, followed by Ipswich (2,007), West Ham (1,916), Liverpool (1,741) and Everton (1,473).

Relative Football League newcomers Morecambe (1,988) and AFC Wimbledon (1,790) also have high averages, due to their recent promotions from non league.

New Notts County manager Kevin Nolan

Football Manager Job Security At All-time Low, Sky Sports Study Finds Meanwhile, Notts County have had more managers than any other current top-four tier club over the last 70 years – appointed 48 managers for more than 35 days and averaging around 500 days at the helm each. Check out the table below to see how many managers your club has appointed…

Football Manager Job Security At All-time Low, Sky Sports Study Finds

References

  1. ^ Soccerbase.com (www.soccerbase.com)

Leicester offer Jamie Vardy and his family extra security

Last Updated: 21/03/17 2:19pm

Leicester have offered Jamie Vardy extra security, according to Sky sources

Sky sources understand Leicester have offered Jamie Vardy and his family extra security after he said he and his wife have been targeted following Claudio Ranieri s sacking.

The England striker revealed his wife Rebekah has been “cut up” while driving with their children in the back of the car and has spoken of the death threats he gets “every week”.1 Vardy feels the threats are as a result of reports that he, and other senior players at Leicester, played a role in the Italian being sacked last month . The striker is adamant he had nothing to do with Ranieri’s sacking.

Leicester players have denied having any involvement in Claudio Ranieri’s sacking

The Premier League champions already have a full-time security staff in place to ensure the safety of the squad, and the club are aware of the threats made to Vardy and his family on social media. At the moment, the player has not requested any extra security measures be put in place. Vardy says the situation has not been helped by reports he was among a number of players plotting against Ranieri after a Champions League defeat at Sevilla, but he said he was actually sat in “anti-doping for three hours” after the game. “I read one story that said it the meeting was straight after the Sevilla game,” he said. “It said I was personally involved in a meeting when I was actually sat in anti-doping for three hours . A few of you media waited around for an interview after. “Then of course the story is out there and people pick it up and jump on it and you’re getting death threats about your family, kids, everything . On social media, you name it – walking down the street .

To be honest I get them every week. “Football fans don’t seem to like me . I just get on with it but when people are trying to cut your missus up while she’s driving along, with the kids in the back of the car, it’s not the best .

It’s happened plenty of times. “It is terrifying . All that can happen is they get banned on Twitter .

People get cut up but if there’s no cameras you’re screwed.”

References

  1. ^ The England striker revealed his wife Rebekah has been “cut up” while driving with their children in the back of the car and has spoken of the death threats he gets “every week”. (www.skysports.com)

Donald Trump ‘was not briefed’ on order he signed appointing Steve Bannon to National Security Council

Donald Trump was not briefed on an Executive Order he signed placing an ex-far right website owner on America s National Security Council. The President is reportedly fuming because he wasn t told the piece of paper he signed would put Steve Bannon on the crucial committee. According to the New York Times, not being fully briefed on the appointment is “a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.”

Bannon, the former CEO of far-right website Breitbart, is Trump s chief strategist in the White House – and is the first political appointee to be made a primary member of the Council.

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The Executive Order originally removed Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the highest ranking serving military officer – from the permanent Council, but the White House later indicated it was to walk back on the move.

Steve Bannon and Donald Trump

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Bannon, 62, is a skilled propagandist and darling of the so-called alt-right – a term used to describe a movement of racist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist people on social media, which got behind Trump s candidacy. Prior to Trump’s election, Bannon had no experience in public service or national security. He was instrumental in developing Trump s executive order banning travel to the US from Muslim countries, and was reported to have insisted last night that the ban would apply even to people with lawful permanent residence in the US.

He took over Breitbart, which has become a platform for the so-called Alt-Right, in 2012, following the sudden death of founder Andrew Breitbart.

While the site was always a right-wing fringe website, there was a shift in focus under Bannon s leadership. Former Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro told the Daily Wire, a conservative website: Andrew Breitbart despised racism . Truly despised it .

With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed.

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