Longest-serving EPL managers

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Managing an English Premier League club comes with a lot of pressure as it is one of the most competitive leagues in the world.
We take a look at the longest-serving managers, who became mainstays at their Premier League club.

Rafael Benitez - (June 2004 - June 2010)

The accomplished coach was appointed manager of Liverpool FC becoming the first Spaniard to manage in the Premier League in June 2004.
Benitez hit the ground running as he guided the Reds to their fifth UEFA Champions League title in his first campaign with the club.
UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and FA Community Shield success followed during the 2005/06 season, but the team could not win trophies in the next four campaigns.
Benitez left Liverpool in June 2010 having guided the team to a second-place finish in the Premier League during the 2008/09 season.

“It changed my life in England. To win the league with Valencia in Spain after 31 years changed my life," Benitez said on Independent.

"To win the Uefa Cup with Valencia changed my life, it changed everything. But to come to England and win the Champions League with a different team was massive. It changed so much.

“I have been in some [other] situations like that and I was really proud of what they’d achieve but you do not realise at this time what it means. That happens after. So two or three days after you went to the city [Liverpool] and saw the fans."

Harry Redknapp - (August 1994 - May 2001)

The veteran English tactician was appointed West Ham United manager in August 1994 having previously served as the assistant manager.
Redknapp guided the Hammers to a fifth spot finish in the Premier League during the 1999/98 season which saw them qualify for the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
It was West Ham's second-best ever season in the top division. The team also won the Intertoto Cup in the 1999/00 campaign and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
Redknapp resigned as West Ham manager in May 2001 with the team having avoided relegation from the top-flight league.

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David Moyes - (March 2002 - May 2013)

The Scottish manager joined Everton in March 2002 and at his unveiling press conference, declared that the club was 'The People's Club' on Merseyside.
Moyes ensured that the Toffees finished in the top ten in nine of his seasons in charge and also became the fourth manager, after Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and Harry Redknapp, to record 150 wins in the Premier League in January 2012.
The former Sunderland AFC manager was named League Managers Association Awards (LMA) Manager of the year three times during his stint with Everton.
Moyes decided not to extend his expiring contract at the Liverpool-based side in May 2013 and moved to Manchester United, who had parted ways with the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sir Alex Ferguson - (August 1992 - May 2013)

The legendary Scottish coach was appointed manager at Manchester United in November 1986, but the Premier League only started in August 1992.
Ferguson won 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League titles during his 21-year spell with the Red Devils in the Premier League era.
Nicknamed Fergie, Ferguson is considered one of the greatest managers of all-time and has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football.
Fergie announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the football season in May 2013.

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Arsene Wenger - (October 1996 - May 2018)

The accomplished French tactician was officially unveiled as Arsenal FC manager in October 1996 and had to prove himself in English football.
Wenger led the Gunners to 10 major trophies and also guided the team to its maiden UEFA Champions League final appearance during his 22-year spell with the club.
Furthermore, the former AS Monaco coach guided Arsenal to an undefeated domestic league season in the 2004/04 campaign, a feat last accomplished by Preston North End, 115 years previously. The team was famously named the 'Invincibles'.
Wenger stepped down as Arsenal manager in May 2018 and remains the longest-serving manager in Premier League history.
"After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season," Wenger said.
"I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.
“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high.“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support forever.”

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Published: 04/29/2020