NEUCHATEL: Arsène Wenger, whatever his Arsenal critics may think, stands out among managers across the Big Five European leagues.

The Frenchman has managed Arsenal for 233 months which is almost six times more than the second coach with the highest longevity in the English Premier League: Eddie Howe (Bournemouth).

The second coach with the longest stay at the head of his current club is Christophe Galtier at Saint-Etienne for a ‘mere’ 75 months.

At the top of the tables in the other leagues are Giampiero Ventura (Torino, 57 months), Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid, 51 months) and Markus Weinzierl (Augsburg, 45 months).

The analysis features in issue number 142 of the CIES Football Observatory Big-5 Weekly Post

The median values per league vary between 16 months in the French Ligue 1 and only 9 months in the Italian Serie A. In the latter country, it is not unusual that clubs change many coaches during the same season. This reflects the lack of strategic vision of club officials more than any form of incompetence of coaches.

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