Premier League Managers – Past 5 Years (Part 1)

Every season, the Barclays Premier League sees a multitude of managers come and go. Already this season, we have seen three high-profile Premier League managers (Dick Advocaat – Sunderland, Brendan Rodgers – Liverpool, Tim Sherwood – Aston Villa) part ways with their respective clubs, and it looks like there may be more casualties, with Steve McLaren’s Newcastle side struggling, and Jose Mourinho leading Chelsea to their worst ever start to a Premier League season. However, which of the current and past Premier League managers has had the shortest stint as manager in the league? And which club has had the most managers in the past 5 years?

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe is now in his second spell in charge of Bournemouth.

AFC Bournemouth –  

Eddie Howe (January 2009 – January 2011)
Lee Bradbury (January 2011 – March 2012) – Caretaker Manager
Paul Groves (March 2012 – October 2012)
Eddie Howe (October 2012 – Present)

Total Managers: 4

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is the longest-serving manager in English football having been in charge of Arsenal for 19 years.

Arsenal – 

Arsene Wenger (September 1996 – Present)

Total Managers: 1

Tim Sherwood is the latest Villa manager to face the axe.
Tim Sherwood is the latest Villa manager to face the axe.

Aston Villa – 

Gerard Houllier (September 2010 – June 2011)
Alex McLeish (June 2011 – May 2012)
Paul Lambert (June 2012 – February 2015)
Andy Marshall (February 2015 – February 2015) – Caretaker
Scott Marshall (February 2015 – February 2015) – Caretaker
Tim Sherwood (February 2015 – October 2015)

Total Managers: 6

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew has seen his Crystal Palace side rejuvenate themselves under his management, having a very good start to the season.

Crystal Palace –

George Burley (June 2010 – January 2011)
Dougie Freedman (January 2011 – October 2012)
Curtis Fleming (October 2012 – November 2012) – Caretaker
Ian Holloway (November 2012 – October 2013)
Keith Millen (October 2013 – November 2013 – Caretaker
Tony Pulis (November 2013 – August 2014)
Keith Millen (August 2014 – August 2014) – Caretaker
Neil Warnock (August 2014 – December 2014)
Keith Millen (December 2014 – January 2015)
Alan Pardew (January 2015 – Present)

Total Managers: 10

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is in trouble after Chelsea’s worst ever start to the Premier League.

Chelsea:

Carlo Ancelotti (June 2009 – May 2011)
Andre Villas Boas (June 2011 – March 2012)
Roberto Di Matteo (March 2012 – November 2012)
Rafa Benitez (November 2012 – May 2013)
Jose Mourinho (June 2013 – Present)

Total Managers: 5

The Price of Football (Kits)

With the recent debate about the expensive nature of going to see your favourite team play nowadays, I thought it relevant to compare the prices of each Premier League team’s home kit on sale at their official websites. The ‘Price of Football’ argument has been mainly about ticket prices, however, there is no doubt that the argument can be applied to replica kit prices too.

All shirts are home shirts, short sleeve, with no printing.
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Devilishly expensive: a United replica home shirt will put a £60 hole in a fan's pocket.
Devilishly expensive: a United replica home shirt will put a £60 hole in a fan’s pocket.

The cheapest mens replica shirt a fan can buy from a club’s official website is Liverpool’s at £39.99, although this is currently on sale, usual price being £49.99. On the other end of the spectrum, the gong for most expensive replica shirt goes to Manchester United, who’s home kit costs a whopping £60. Women’s home shirts are not much cheaper than men’s, with the cheapest coming from Liverpool (again on sale) at £39.99 and the most expensive belonging to Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs at £55. In general, Junior kits are cheaper than their adult counterparts, and rightly so, however, until recently, Manchester United were charging a ludicrous £60 for a Junior replica shirt; they have brought it down to a ‘more modest’ £50 though.

It seems that as well as charging a high price for tickets, Premier League teams are charging quite a lot of money for their replica kits too. No wonder why so many fans are disgruntled at the rising price of watching football in England. However, if we were to compare England’s most expensive kits with the kits of European heavyweights, a new story is told.
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(Prices converted from Euros to Pounds using Google Converter)

This 'Authentic' Barcelona shirt will only cost you £90.
This ‘Authentic’ Barcelona shirt will only cost you £90.

Manchester United’s £60 for a home shirt is in-keeping with the prices top European football clubs charge for their shirts (with the exception of Bayern Munich, because, well, Germans do everything right nowadays). Barcelona, for example, charge £65 for both their men and women’s home shirts; compare this to Chelsea, who charge £55 and £50 respectively for their own replicas, and it seems that the prices for the English club’s kits are not too bad at all. Interestingly, all 5 of the European teams covered in this article have ‘Authentic Jerseys’ for sale. These are not replicas, and that is reflected in the average £90 price tag.

 

So, are we right to complain about the price of football? Yes. We have every right to complain when Norwich City’s home kit costs a fan as much as a Bayern Munich home kit would cost. Added to the rising prices of both match and season tickets, the average English Premier League fan is being put out of pocket in every aspect of supporting a team, no wonder it has recently been reported that Bayern Munich are outraged at the price of tickets Arsenal are charging for their up-and-coming Champions League clash.