Three of the longest-serving Premier League managers

Football is a funny ol’ business – if fans aren’t slating the players for lacking loyalty to their clubs as money talks, it’s the beratement of owners for sacking managers left, right and centre as soon as something goes wrong. But while the manager merry-go-round will continue to turn, credit has to go to these men who are among the Premier League’s longest-serving managers. If you’re interested in taking a punt on the sack race, or anything else Premier League-related, check out the markets on Betfair.

Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)

Appointed: October 12, 2012

Okay, so Bournemouth may have only joined the Premier League big boys ahead of the 2015-16 season, but Eddie Howe’s turnaround of the club is nothing short of remarkable. From avoiding relegation in League Two to Non-League football during his first spell with the club to achieving a ninth-place finish in the Premier League in only their second season (2016-17) – and keeping the Cherries among the elite ever since, albeit against the odds.

In 2015, Howe received the inaugural Football Manager of the Decade award, having got the Cherries promoted twice in three years – to the Championship as runners-up in the 2012-13 season and to the Premier League as champions in 2014-15. As a manager, he’s also won three Premier League Manager of the Month awards, the most recent being October 2018.

Having spent most of his playing career at the South-Coast club, there’s little doubt that Howe is Mr Bournemouth. Last season, they finished 14th, 11 points from safety, securing a fifth consecutive campaign in the top-flight.

Sean Dyche (Burnley)

Appointed: October 30, 2012

Like Bournemouth, Burnley haven’t been in the Premier League for the duration of Sean Dyche’s tenure, and interestingly, he succeeded Howe – who returned to Bournemouth – as Burnley boss.

After guiding the Clarets to the promised land after a four-year absence, finishing as runners-up in the Championship, Burnley yo-yoed between divisions, with relegation back to the second tier in 2014-15, before returning to the top-flight as champions the subsequent season.

2017-18 saw Burnley record their best finish in the Premier League era (7th – 54 points) and consequently saw them qualify for the Europa League. After beating Aberdeen and İstanbul Başakşehir, the Clarets eventually lost to Olympiacos in the play-off round and thus, failed to make the group stage.

The former Manager of the Month for March 2018 guided the Lancashire outfit to safety and secured a fourth-successive season in the Premier League, finishing three places and six points above the drop-zone.

Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur)

Appointed: May 27, 2014

Since joining the North London club, Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Spurs into a dominant force and one that vies for silverware. A runners-up medal in the League Cup in his first season was followed by a third-place finish in the Premier League – and he’s managed to secure Champions League football ever since.

The 2016-17 season saw Tottenham finish second to Chelsea but record 86 points, their highest tally in the Premier League era. As well as back-to-back semi-final appearances in the FA Cup, last season Spurs made the semi-finals of the League Cup and lost out to Liverpool in the final of the Champions League.

Just last year, Poch secured a new five-year contract keeping him at the Lilywhites until 2023.