Date: 30th May 2016 at 10:45pm
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Come the end of the 2015/16 season, and it’s time for the annual League Managers’ Association report and an updated top ten of the longest serving managers in the game.

Arsenal feature in that list courtesy of Arsene Wenger (no great surprise, did anybody not know he was the longest serving manager in the game) who now tallies a tenure of 19.63 years.

As you’ll see from the table for 2015/16, two Premier League managers are in the top ten, two Championship managers also, and two for League One, but League Two with four managers are clearly more tolerant in today’s game.

No
Name
Club
League
Tenure (yrs)
1
Arsene Wenger
Arsenal
Premier League
19.63
2
Paul Tisdale
Exeter City
League 2
9.89
3
Karl Robinson
MK Dons
Championship
6.02
4
Jim Bentley
Morecambe
League 2
5.01
5
Phil Parkinson
Bradford City
League 1
4.72
6
Steve Davis
Crewe Alexandra
League 1
4.52
7
Steve Bruce
Hull City
Championship
3.94
8
Gareth Ainsworth
Wycombe Wanderers
League 2
3.64
9
Neal Ardley
Wimbledon
League 2
3.60
10
Eddie Howe
Bournemouth
Premier League
3.60



Having joined Arsenal back in 1996, Wenger has racked up 641 wins in 1120 games, and with 261 draws, he’s only overseen 218 losses in that time – but obviously he has his detractors and the views are mixed on the job he’s done at the club – or whether his time should be up with the hope of pushing on as opposed to being stable.

Whatever side of the camp you sit on, his achievements can’t be ignored and certainly many looking in from the outside will consider him hugely unlucky to not have lifted more during his almost 20 years at the club.

Figures correct as of May 24, 2016.