In many ways it is very surprising that Liverpool's legendary German manager Jurgen Klopp is now the longest serving manager currently at a club in the English Premier League (EPL). Having been appointed in October 2015, the German is now almost 2,400 days into the job at Anfield. It does not seem that long ago that he was appointed, and to now be the longest serving manager demonstrates just how precarious a job football management has become.
Nearly six years ago I wrote this piece here. It explores the job of management in the EPL and how the number of days managers now get in the job is trending downwards. I suspect this has continued in the years 2017-2022. At no other point in the history of the EPL has the longest serving manager, being in the job just six year.
If Klopp were to leave today, the mantle would pass to Pep Guardiola, appointed as recently as 2016. Next on the list, when one considers manager who have just served their clubs in the EPL, is Ralph Hasenhüttl who was appointed in December 2018. He will start his 5th season with Southampton in August. It is testament to the man and the club that he has continued in place as long, having suffered two 9-0 loses during his time, one of which came at home to Leicester.
As time has passed, managers serving into their 5th season like Hasenhüttl, have become rarer and rarer. Klopp, while only in charge 6 and a half years, is starting to assume the qualities of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. It would appear surviving that 7 seasons today is not too dissimilar 20 or more during the 1990s and 2000s.