Yes, despite the ridiculous amount of money and time that goes into the clubs of the Premier League, it may surprise you to find that their managers actually have some of the shortest lifespans regarding their tenure. Since the introduction of Premier League's new format back in the early '90s, the time a manager has spent working for their team has dwindled, and as it stands the current average tenure of a Premier League manager has dropped to an incredibly daunting 1.29 years (or 473 days, to be precise). But why is it that British teams are constantly changing managers, and does frequently changing managers help or hinder a team?
To be honest, the latter question is something that has divided football fans from day one. On one hand, the idea of giving a manager time to grow and cultivate a team has historically (& statistically) shown to help give the team a level of stability that sees them remain in the Premier League indefinitely. This can be seen with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, whose almost 20-year tenure with the team, has demonstrated that while Arsenal may not have won a Premier League title in recent years, the fact that they have never needed to face relegation speaks leaps and bounds. Of course, there's also the financial side of things, in keeping the manager clubs need not worry about hiring the best manager they can (leading to excessive contracts), compensation to the new manager's previous team, and let's not forget the previous manager's severance package, alongside the pay-offs to their staff. As you can see it all really begins adds up.
But if it costs so much why change? The truth is, as many pundits will happily tell you, the dip in quality a manager produces can really act as prediction on a club's prospects, and due to the amount of money that can be lost through relegation, the ends still outweighs the cost. Also in various cases a new manager can really infuse excitement into a team, take for example Liverpool's signing of Jurgen Klopp to replace Brendan Rogers. Considering Roger's end-game of cultivating a team of young players for the long-term, short-term results eventually led to his sacking, and so the club quickly released their intentions of hiring Klopp, distracting many from speculating the decision for Roger's sacking in the beginning, the media and fans alike were excited to see what Klopp would bring to Liverpool. Of course, if we're talking about short-term managers, there's nothing that really comes close to the career of Jose Mourinho. Now currently signed with Manchester United, Mourinho made a name for himself working (for better, or for worse) with Chelsea, and his tenure with the team certainly saw both highs and lows! Keeping in mind how controversial (and outspoken) Mourinho generally is, there's something to be said about keeping a manager on a short leash. And if we're talking about results, one can't discount Leicester City's rise to Premier League victory, having appointed Italian Claudio Ranieri as a replacement manager, following from a dismal season under Nigel Pearson.
The thing is, with Leicester City's Premier League still fresh in everyone's mind, it's looking likely that the trend of quick results and short-term managers will continue, but is this really a good thing? Find out for yourself as the Premier League kicks off and buy your Premier League 2016-2017 tickets now!