Jurgen Klopp becomes the longest-serving manager in the Premier League after Sean Dyche's sacking

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Jurgen Klopp becomes the longest-serving manager in the Premier League after Sean Dyche’s sacking at Burnley, with Man City rival Pep Guardiola trailing the Liverpool boss’ seven-year reign

  • Sean Dyche’s sacking as Burnley boss gives Jurgen Klopp a longevity milestone
  • The Liverpool manager has served longer than any current Premier League chief
  • Man City’s Pep Guardiola and Brentford’s Thomas Frank are among the top five
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl and Brendan Rodgers have passed three years with their clubs

Jurgen Klopp’s seven-year spell at Liverpool is the longest reign of any current Premier League manager following Sean Dyche’s surprise sacking by Burnley on Friday.

Dyche had been the longest-serving manager in the top flight before a tenure that began in October 2012 ended after 3,451 days at Turf Moor following a dire run of results that has left the third-placed Clarets four points from safety. 

Klopp arrived at Anfield three years later and has spent 2,381 days in the job, guiding the club to their first Premier League title in 30 years in 2020 – a year after they won the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola has led Manchester City for almost six years

Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool in October 2015

Jurgen Klopp (right) and Pep Guardiola are the two current longest-serving top-flight bosses

Sean Dyche's ten-year tenure at Burnley came to an abrupt end when he was sacked on Friday

Sean Dyche’s ten-year tenure at Burnley came to an abrupt end when he was sacked on Friday

His predecessor at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers, is fifth on the current list thanks to a stint at Leicester that reached its three-year anniversary on February 27.

Familiar rival Pep Guardiola is in charge of a Manchester City side who are a point ahead of Liverpool in a thrilling title race – but the Spaniard has served almost 300 days fewer than Klopp, having taken over in July 2016.

Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Southampton supremo Ralph Hasenhuttl are between Guardiola and Rodgers on the long service list.

Klopp is likely to catch up next season with the records reached by Alan Curbishley at Charlton, Harry Redknapp at West Ham and Joe Kinnear at Wimbledon.

Thomas Frank is in third, having guided Brentford to an impressive Premier League debt term

Thomas Frank is in third, having guided Brentford to an impressive Premier League debt term

 

LONGEST-SERVING CURRENT PREMIER LEAGUE BOSSES 
Boss  Club  Joined  Days 
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 08/10/2015 2,381 
Pep Guardiola  Man City  01/07/2016  2,114 
Thomas Frank  Brentford  16/10/2018  1,277 
Ralph Hasenhuttl  Soton  06/12/2018  1,226 
Brendan Rodgers  Leicester  27/02/2019  1,143 

By that time, the German could have more trophies to his name ahead of semi-finals in the FA Cup and Champions League and a tantalising run-in to the Premier League campaign.

The 54-year-old remains at least a decade behind all-time leader Arsene Wenger, of Arsenal, and Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson.

Despite Burnley’s difficulties, Dyche had looked set to continue his impressive run after signing a new contract until the summer of 2025 in September.

A sequence of four wins all season, including five losses in their last seven games and defeat to bottom side Norwich in their most recent match, made chairman Alan Pace act. 

Burnley are four points from safety after a run of one win in seven games including five defeats

Burnley are four points from safety after a run of one win in seven games including five defeats

‘Firstly, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sean and his staff for their achievements at the club over the last decade,’ Pace said.

‘During his time at Turf Moor, Sean has been a credit both on and off the pitch, respected by players, staff, supporters, and the wider football community.

‘However, results this season have been disappointing and, while this was an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games of the campaign remaining, we feel a change is needed to give the squad the best possible chance of retaining its Premier League status.’

Club captain Ben Mee, under-23s coaches Mike Jackson and Connor King and academy director Paul Jenkins will form the managerial team when Burnley visit West Ham on Sunday. 

Dyche guided Burnley to promotion for the second time during his stay when they immediately recovered from relegation by returning from the Championship in 2016. 

A highest-ever Premier League finish followed in 2018, earning Europa League football by finishing seventh.

The 50-year-old oversaw 425 games including 258 in the Premier League – the seventh-most by a manager at a single club.  

MOST GAMES MANAGED FOR A SINGLE CLUB IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
Team Manager G W D L GF GA W% PPG
Arsenal Arsene Wenger 828 476 199 153 1561 807 57.5 1.96
Manchester United Alex Ferguson 810 528 168 114 1627 703 65.2 2.16
Everton David Moyes 427 173 123 131 568 503 40.5 1.5
Wimbledon Joe Kinnear 278 92 82 104 338 398 33.1 1.29
West Ham United Harry Redknapp 269 94 71 104 324 359 34.9 1.31
Charlton Athletic Alan Curbishley 266 85 72 109 308 382 32 1.23
Burnley Sean Dyche 258 72 68 118 249 364 27.9 1.1
Liverpool Jurgen Klopp 251 160 57 34 538 239 63.8 2.14
Liverpool Rafael Ben¡tez 228 126 55 47 371 183 55.3 1.9
Bolton Wanderers Sam Allardyce 226 80 66 80 275 301 35.4 1.35

Xisco Munoz, Steve Bruce, Nuno Espirito Santo, Daniel Farke, Dean Smith, Solskjaer, Rafa Benitez, Claudio Ranieri and Marcelo Bielsa have also lost Premier League jobs this season. 

Bookmakers Betfair have named Sam Allardyce as the early favourite to succeed Dyche.

Former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was axed by Manchester United in November, are also said to be in the running.  

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