By Adam Smith
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
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
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
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…
Hero security guard saves colleagues’ lives as he shoots ‘drugged-up’ robber in terrifying bank raid
Brian Harrison will not face criminal charges after firing two shots and fatally injuring the masked man.
Brian Harrison fired two shots at Laurence Turner (Photo: Liveleak/ Juggernaut)
In the clip, Turner can be seen shooting into the air and it is at this point that Harrison and Turner exchange gunfire. After guns are fired, Turner turns and tries to flee from the bank, but collapses from his rooms in the doorway.
Shocking footage shows moment bank robber is fatally shot by security guard (Photo: Liveleak/ Juggernaut) Laurence Turner died at the scene (Photo: Rockford Police Department)
No employees were injured during the incident and no customers inside the bank were hurt.
Authorities believe Turner may have been involved in similar robberies in the Rockford area of the past few months.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of Brian Harrison saved the lives of those that were employees in the Alpine Bank location on that date and saved his own life.”
A swathe of the London Bridge1 area was evacuated as police investigated a security alert sparked by a suspicious vehicle. Office workers were told to stay indoors and away from windows and the bus station and part of the train station were cleared of passengers after officers were called to a security alert in London Bridge street on Tuesday afternoon. The road bridge was also closed to traffic and some buildings including a gym and a cocktail bar were evacuated.
A police disposal robot was deployed at the scene as part of the ongoing investigation. Security alert: Police stand guard at a cordon outside London Bridge bus station (@ElizabethArgyll)
Photos posted on social media show police guarding several cordons. Witnesses described seeing a swarm of emergency services vehicles descending on the area.
The incident was stood down at 3.30pm after the vehicle was found to be no suspicious, police said. A bomb disposal robot was deployed (@CloJo26)
A woman, who was evacuated from a nearby gym, told the Standard: “The bus station just outside is closed – someone mentioned a suspicious vehicle but that was a bystander rather than a police officer.
“Looks like some of the office buildings may have been evacuated . The rail station is apparently open if you access via the escalator under the Shard.
“There are lots of police vehicles and at least two fire engines are onsite.”
Police cleared the area (@ayoungmarketer)
In a series of tweets, Elizabeth Argyll, a photographer who was caught up in the evacuation, said: “Police are clearing the area . Trains have been moved out of London Bridge station.
“It’s now no longer calm . Police rushing people to get away . Only one exit so gridlock.”
She later added: “They’re extending the evacuation area.”
Journalist Anila Dhami tweeted: “#LondonBridge station evacuated . Loads of security services including police and fire .
Large area cordoned off with more police arriving.”
Lizzie Pook, a freelance journalist, was evacuated from cocktail bar London Grind. She wrote: “Just been evacuated from #LondonGrind in #London bridge . Being shouted at a lot by police to hurry up across the bridge.”
Paul Vanston wrote: “Best avoid area: Full security alert for #LondonBridge
“King William St sealed off to traffic . Bridge closed to pedestrians #Blackfriars open.”
A Met Police spokesman said: We were called to a security alert in London Bridge street at 1.40pm . The bus station and part of the rail station were evacuated as a precaution.
“The incident is was stood down at 3.30pm.
British Transport Police wrote on Twitter: “Specialist officers from BTP are assisting @metpoliceuk investigate a security alert at London Bridge .
Station is currently closed.”