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The already short list of European soccer managers is getting shorter.
According to a report published by the European Union Football Association (UEFA), the average managerial tenure in Europe’s top flight is now less than 16 months.
According to the in-depth report, “European Club Competitive Space Indicators,” which was compiled by UEFA and released on Thursday, there have been a total of 735 managerial changes in Europe’s top flight in the 2022/23 season alone. This is the second highest number ever, according to UEFA.
The report also revealed that less than 5% of the 1209 first division managers have been in power for more than five years. The average tenure of first division managers in UEFA’s 48 member states last season was 1.31 years. This is just 0.01 years longer than the 2018 figure of 1.30 years, making it the shortest in the last five years.
Only six countries, including Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland, have an average of two years as a first-team manager. The shortest average managerial tenure in Europe in the 2010s was 1.29 years in 2016, and that figure is even lower than the 1.44 years in 2013. This suggests that the trust and job security of directors has become increasingly unstable over time.
The highest number of managerial changes occurred in the 2020/21 season, when 763 managers were sacked. UEFA attributes this to the coincidence of managerial changes that were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The English Premier League had 41 managers last season, with six of the 20 clubs having three managers in charge for at least one game. Chelsea and Leeds United had four managers in charge of at least one game. 소닉카지노
Of the five major leagues in European soccer, the Premier League saw 11 of 20 clubs, or 55%, change managers, followed by France’s Ligue 1 and Spain’s La Liga, where half of all clubs, or 50%, changed managers. In Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A, 44% and 35% of clubs have changed managers, respectively.
Even as early as the 2023/24 season, some clubs have already changed managers. Wolverhampton fired Spanish manager Julen Lopetegui early last month, before the season had even started, and brought in Gary O’Neill.
This means that few managers will be able to follow in the footsteps of Alex Ferguson (26 years), who built Manchester United into the world-class club it is today, and Arsène Wenger (22 years), who led Arsenal to an unbeaten title run, and who left in 2013 and 2018 respectively. In the Premier League, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who took over in 2016, is the longest-serving active manager.