Whilst no Premier League games take place in June, plenty of titles and championships are decided as teams play managerial roulette, hoping to land the perfect man for their team.
Eight days ago, Jose Mourinho was announced as Chelsea manager, joining the club for the second time in his career, almost exactly 9 years since joining them in June, 2004.
With Mourinho’s hiring, half of the Premier League managers have been hired in the month of June. With Fergie. Benitez and Mancini out and Moyes, Hughes, Mourinho and Martinez all making high-profile switches, it is unlikely there will be much movement for managers in the remaining 19 days of June.
One manager who currently sits atop the table (ok, perhaps because of alphabertical reasons at this stage) is Arsene Wenger. In a sport that sees managers come and go like the seasons, Wenger will be managing Arsenal for the 18th consecutive season, a mark that is unparalleled with the recent retirement of Alex Ferguson (who completed his 27th season in May).
Wenger has more than 14 years experience over any of his rivals. Alan Pardew is the second longest standing manager in the Premier League, having signed as Newcastle manager in December 2010.
Wenger’s 368 Premier League wins are more than double the wins of any other current Premier League manager. David Moyes won 173 games at Everton before taking over at Man Utd last month.
In fact, all current Premier League managers have amassed 883 wins in the top-flight of English football, with Wenger accounting for 42% of those.
So despite my allegiance with Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers (currently the 7th longest serving manager in the Premier League having taken over in June of last year!), I tip my cap to Arsene Wenger for keeping his job (despite a noticeable lack of silverware?).