Will managers spend decades in a Premier League club again?

Remember when we had the likes of Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger managing some of the Premier League’s big sides for decades?

Well, that era is long gone. Do you also remember when Chelsea were referred to as the bane of managers due to the supposed ruthlessness of owner Roman Abramovich?

Chelsea were described as the manager sacking club as there was no room for any consistent poor showing by managers regardless of their calibrea= and experience.

Well, this is no more the case as all clubs now toe the line. Since the retirement of Alex Ferguson, and recently Arsene Wenger, we’ve seen those two clubs do some hiring and firing with the Gunners the latest in the list.


Funny enough, with the way the season is going for the North London outfit, Mikel Arteta, current Arsenal boss could get the boot if the side’s fortunes do not improve.

They’ve already had Unai Emery, Wenger’s replacement, fired last season even with better performance than Arteta in the Premier League.

I guess it’s safe to say that the era of having a manager take the reins at a big club for close to or more than a decade is gone for good. I wonder how the legendary managers managed this feat in the past?

The round leather game has evolved. The game also generates more money and these are notable factors that can contribute to a manager not being able to stick with a club for a long time.

This is the case in an era where the tactics and systems of a manager can be found out, and him having no choice but to quit, go on sabbatical leave, and refresh. Clubs hardly have patience with managers nowadays when the going gets tough.

On the other hand, managers are now eager for new adventures especially when they’ve done it all in a particular league.

This is another reason why we may not see managerial longevity at a club similar to that of Alex Ferguson at Man United and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal anytime soon or ever again.

Meanwhile, can Mikel Arteta survive at the Emirates till after the winter transfer window?

The Gunners are out of sorts and have been shambolic on the domestic scene this season despite the acquisitions that were made in the summer.

Arsenal sit 15th in the Premier League and have only scored 14 goals. This goal tally only exceeds the number scored by Sheffield United (8), Burnley (8), Fulham (13), and West Brom (10), all within the relegation zone.

This is shambolic for a side of Arsenal’s quality considering how much of an attacking side they’ve been in the past.

They’ve lost 4 of their last 5 Premier League games at the Emirates, with their away form in the last five games on the road seeing then grab 1 win, 1 draw, and 3 losses.

The shocking stat is that Arsenal have won 1 out of their last 10 games in the Premier League. The North Londoners are closer to the relegation spot than they are to winning a game considering their recent performances.

Their next game will be at home against Chelsea on boxing day and failure to get a positive result could see them left with no choice other than to fire the Spaniard. We wait to see how it pans out.

Meanwhile, Arsenal fans might want to get ready to fully join the league of clubs that hire and fire managers.