Being the manager of a football team is a job without the security of tenure. In this profession, many managers do not last long. Performance is key to longevity in the job. In this post, we look at some of the longest-serving managers for their clubs in the English Football League (EFL) in the current season since their appointment. Read on.
1. Lee Johnson – Bristol City
Lee Johnson is currently the longest-serving manager in his post with an EFL Championship club since his appointment. The Bristol City manager continues to coach the team four years into the job since his appointment in February 2016. Lee, who turns 39 this year, has transformed Bristol’s way of play to make it a team that consistently upsets top-performing teams. It is interesting to see what the future will hold for this promising manager.
2. Tony Mowbray – Blackburn
A former defender himself, Mowbray has helped transform Blackburn’s defence into one that concedes fewer goals in the EFL. While the team has had its ups and downs, the board continues to trust Mowbray’s leadership and has thus kept him in the position for three years running. Compared to other managers that have taken charge of the team before, Mowbray offers the promise of returning Blackburn to its former glory.
3. Paul Cook – Wigan Athletic
53-year-old Paul Cook is one among the many managers that Wigan Athletic has had in the last ten years. Notably, he has been the longest-serving since the team’s relegation from the Premier League. For the two and a half years that he has been in charge at Wigan, he has worked on a squad overhaul that saw the team return to the EFL Championship after its relegation to League One. Cook continues to rebuild the team, and it’s interesting to see if he can get them back to the EPL.