English soccer clubs fired 36 coaches this season with their average tenure reaching the lowest level on record, according to statistics released by the League Managers Association today.
The fired managers lasted 1.4 years in their posts, less than the record low of 1.47 years established a season earlier, said the body that represents coaches in England’s four professional divisions.
“In simple terms, managers are being given less and less time to deliver,” LMA Chief Executive Officer Richard Bevan said in a statement. “This goes against both the theory and the reality -- clubs who give their managers time are more stable and more successful.”
Only three of the 16 clubs that finished in the top four of their leagues this season made managerial changes, according to the statistics. Ten out of the 12 teams that were relegated had at least one change of coaches.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Accrington Stanley, Everton, Southend United, Dagenham & Redbridge, Liverpool and Cardiff City are the only clubs of the 92 in the England league not to have changed coaches in the past five years.
Darlington, Notts County, Peterborough United and QPR had at least three coaches this season.
“Sacking a manager creates instability and uncertainty and this season’s high number of dismissals reinforces how volatile an industry football is, especially for managers,” said Bevan.
Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson is the league’s longest serving manager. Since joining the club in 1986, he’s led the Red Devils to two European Cups and 11 Premier League titles.