With Tony Pulis leaving Stoke City by mutual consent today, and Alex Ferguson retiring from Manchester United the second longest serving Premier League manager is now Newcastle’s Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew with Tony Pulis
Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is now the longest serving and he’s been in the Arsenal job since 1996, and the Frenchmen has qualified the London club in every single season for the Champions League, since he joined them.
That’s some record of consistency, even though some Arsenal fans like Piers Morgan, want him sacked.
Tony Pulis has been at Stoke since 2006, and had them promoted to the Premier League in 2008, and kept them in the Premier League since that time, but his long ball methods have come under increasing attack, including some Stoke fans this season.
The news today is that Stoke will try to tempt Rafa Benitez with a £3M a year deal, but we’d be surprised if Rafa joins Stoke City this summer, he may even end up as the new Real Madrid coach and Napoli are also after him.
The short careers of Premier League managers has to do with the cut throat business of the Premier League, where massive amounts of money are at stake, and it doesn’t look to be getting any better with the gigantic new TV deal about to start next season, where each club will get around an additional £20M or more each season.
For the record, Alan Pardew signed on at Newcastle in early December of 2010, following the surprise firing of Chris Hughton – so he’s been in the Newcastle job for less than 30 months.
Alan is meeting today with owner Mike Ashley in others to sort exactly what happened last season – which was the second worst Premier League season ever for Newcastle – when we finished 5th bottom, after finishing 5th top the season before – Pardew’s first full season at the helm.
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