Arsene Wenger becomes the longest-serving manager in the top-7 tiers of English football

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 August 2017, 10:56

When Sir Alex Ferguson drew the curtains on his managerial career with Man Utd in 2013 it was Arsene Wenger who became the longest-serving manager in the top-4 tiers of English football.

In July of this year Wenger went on to create history by becoming the longest-serving Premier League boss of all time, and now the Frenchman is the longest-serving gaffer in the top-7 leagues following the resignation of Wealdstone FC boss Gordon Bartlett.

On Monday Bartlett decided to step down from his post at the Vanarama National League South outfit after a staggering 22 years. During his time at the helm Bartlett led Wealdstone up from the third division of the Isthmian League to the National League South, finishing 8th last season - their highest standing in 29 years.

Bartlett sported the shirt of Portsmouth, Denver Dynamos, Slough Town, and Brentford, before venturing into management 31 years ago with Hounslow. The former forward spent three years at the club, before moving onto Yeading for six years, however it was at Wealdstone where he would become a legend, taking charge of the club back in 1995.

But now, a staggering 22 years later, Bartlett and his beloved Wealdstone have parted ways, but only in managerial tersm, as the 61-year-old now prepares take up a new role.

In a statement the west London side said:

“This newly created role will be broad ranging and will support the rapidly growing need for youth development, football in the community and other key football development areas to be fully defined and will tap into Gordon’s vast experience, knowledge, and contacts within the game.”

Now it’s Wenger who tops the pile of longest-serving managers in the top-7 leagues. The veteran boss has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996, and has since gone on to win three Premier League titles, a record seven FA Cups, and seven Community Shields, however both the Champions League and League Cup have always eluded him.

Considering the average length of a Premier League tenure is only 18 months, Wenger’s soon-to-be 21 years (October) at Arsenal is phenomenal.

However, he has some way to go (25 years to be precise) to catch the longest-serving manager in English football history, Fred Everiss, who was in charge of West Brom for an eye-popping 46 seasons!

In terms of the top-4 tiers - Premier League and the Football League - Paul Tisdale is next in the running behind Wenger, albeit by some distance, after 11+ years at Exeter City, with Jim Bentley at Morecambe for six years, while Gareth Ainsworth has been at Wycombe for just under five years.

On a final note we simply can't mention Wealdstone without showing this clip of the Wealdstone Raider...


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