Managerial trio in danger of losing thread to Premier League past
Written by @_WrightJosh
The Premier League is dawning on bleak times, an unfamiliar beginning and a new chapter. Next season could see Brendan Rogers become the longest serving manager in England’s top flight – 1 June marking his second-year anniversary with Liverpool.
This season has already seen the unprecedented scalping of nine victims with a possible nine more due to be replaced over the summer. Worryingly, it’s the loss of the current top three, Arsene Wenger, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce that would have graver implications.
We are now on the cusp of losing everything we’ve ever known about the Premier League. Traditional owners are now a thing of the past as will the presence of longevity and loyalty among Premier League managers. It is their presence, particularly Wenger’s that provides the definitive fibres embroidered into the league’s past.
Combined, Wenger, Pardew and Allardyce have remained at Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle, respectively, for 8,713 days. That’s almost twice as long as the other 17 league managers have mustered together.
Even after steering Arsenal in to their 17th consecutive season and their sixth FA Cup Final (having won four) under his command the Frenchman’s position remains under scrutiny.
Arsenal fans particularly, unhappy at how Wenger has deemed this season a successful one, despite having led the table for two-thirds of the year and now settling with fourth.
Ultimately, the destiny of history lies in Wenger’s hands. The Arsenal board has reportedly offered the 51-year old a new contract with his current one due to expire in July. Wenger’s decision is likely to be made on the outcome of their FA Cup final on May 17. He won’t be short of offers should he decide to leave with French club Monaco already eyeing up a lucrative return for Wenger.
Should the Frenchman leave it would see closing to what has been a Premier League book centralised around Sir Alex Ferguson and he – Ferguson having retired last summer. In their wake lies Pardew and Allardyce, both whom have remained at their clubs for over 1,000 days. But, the passing could prove to be a turbulent one with both facing internal pressures. Disastrous endings have led to both Newcastle and West Ham fans seeking blood.
Such has been the alarming trend of rash sackings in recent years it wouldn’t be surprising to see these two replaced.
Rogers looks set to lead the next testament of time, he perfectly placed to achieve what Ferguson did at United with Liverpool. But who is there around him?
Manchester United, Swansea City and Norwich City all look set to appoint long-term managers in the summer, with all three currently under control by interim coaches. Even though Tim Sherwood still has a year to run on his Spurs deal, he continues to look on borrowed time. Southampton’s Manuel Pochettino a strong candidate to succeed him at the end of the season.
A desperate run of form has seen Aston Villa plunge towards the drop zone leaving Paul Lambert’s position hanging by a thread whereas it remains to be seen how long both Manchester City and Chelsea can last without changing bosses.
The start of next season could mark uncharted territory for the Premier League, the managerial merry-go-round still with a few more spins yet.