Top four: Longest-serving managers

Last week, Arsene Wenger became the longest-serving manager in European football, and in his honour we’ve picked out three other managers who have shared the Frenchman’s longevity.

When Ronnie McFall decided to step down as boss of Northern Ireland outfit Portadown after nearly 30 years at the helm, it was Wenger who took over the mantle of having the longest tenure in any of Europe’s leagues.

Wenger has secured 13 trophies for the Gunners (three Premier League titles, five FA Cups and five Community Shields) since joining the north London club in 1996. He may not have achieved the success of late that Arsenal fans crave, but Wenger’s consistency is quite incredible.

Here are three other managers who stood the test of time:

1. Sir Alex Ferguson

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The Scot ruled the roost at Old Trafford for more than a quarter of a century and brought incredible success to the red half of Manchester. We could wax lyrical about Ferguson all day, but the following numbers tell the story better than we could:

28 – United won 28 of their 42 major trophies during Ferguson’s reign
13 – Premier Leagues
5 – FA Cups won
4 – League Cups won
2 -UEFA Champions Leagues won
1 – European Cup Winners’ Cup won
1 – UEFA Super Cup won
1 – European/South American Cup won
1 – FIFA Club World Cup won

Not too shabby.

2. Willie Maley

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Maley helped form Scottish giants Celtic and was the clubs’ first recognised manager, leading the club from 1897–1940. Maley had a quite phenomenal record, winning 1,045 of his 1,614 matches in charge on his way to hoisting 16 league titles and 14 Scottish Cups. The 62-game unbeaten run achieved by Maley’s Celtic remains a British professional record.

3. Guy Roux

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While others on the list enjoyed unbroken spells at a particular club, French outfit Auxerre went back to Roux on a number of occasions and achieved great success. In total, the 77-year-old spent more than 40 years as the club’s manager, including a spell from 1964–2000.

Roux, who also played for Auxerre, helped the club to five Coupe de France titles, the Ligue 2 crown in 1979/80, and the Ligue 1 title in 1994/95.