When it comes to football we shout out the names of our players those who contribute so much for a club and has stayed loyal to it by either finishing his entire career at one place or spent a lion’s share of his career in that club. But on most of the occasions, we miss out on the personalities that keep the club sound with their genius brains from the touchline and become icons as well by managing a club for a long time.
In this season of the Premier League, there’s been an influx of such managers doing incredible jobs with their club. Over here, we are putting up a list of five such amazing bosses that have made significant contributions to the club through their achievements and brains.
Before we start, it is an honourable mention to Eddie Howe from Bournemouth and Daniel Farke from Norwich City whom we didn’t include in the list despite their impressive job at their respective clubs because they failed to confirm their Premier league stay in the recently concluded 2019/20 campaign.
#1 Sean Dyche (7 years and 273 days)
The Burnley boss is first on the list by being the longest-serving manager at a single club if current managers in the Premier league are taken into consideration. Dyche has been sort of a journeyman at the club by developing a team that not only can stay in the Premier League but also make matters difficult for sides like Manchester City or Liverpool whenever they lock horns. The story of him being at the club is a bit of a fairy tale for the fans.
Sean took over at Burnley in October 2013 after Eddie Howe’s departure to Bournemouth and since then, the club hasn’t looked behind. He helped them with promotion to the top flight in his first season breaking numerous records. Despite being relegated in the 2014/15 season, the Burnley board kept faith in him and he repays it with another promotion in space of a season.
Dyche also administered Burnley to Europa League qualification in 2018 after almost fifty years away from European football. His tactics have now become a DNA within the club and more remarkable achievements are sure to come from the Lancashire-based club with him at the helm.
#2 Jurgen Klopp (4 years and 295 days)
The Reds played classy football throughout their magnificent season to honour themselves with the ultimate prize at last. Their title triumph was engineered by their jovial German boss, Jurgen Klopp who added yet another silverware to the cabinet after three prestigious successes, namely the Champions League, Super Cup and the Club World Cup, last year.
The ‘Normal one’, as he termed himself in his first interview while being appointed as the new boss in October 2015, has now managed over 260 games for the side and has tasted victory for the 160th time in all competitions. Under his guidance, Liverpool had the biggest lead of 25 on top of the table with the most points won in 38 games and at home among numerous records set or broken by the immaculate side this season.
Transforming them from a cup side to becoming England’s best in space of five years, Klopp is a fan favourite by being one of the prominent long-staying bosses at the club. Now etching his name in the history books forever, fans are expecting more from him in days to come for the gaffer is here to stay until 2024.
#3. Chris Wilder ( 4 years and 78 days)
Another man doing a dream job at a club reaching unexpected heights. Under his stewardship, Sheffield United finished ninth in the Premier League, just four points shy of a possible European football berth. This has to be a remarkable feat achieved by the club after their promotion in the past season, without a question.
With most football philosophers predicting them to struggle, Wilder’s men had proven all of them wrong. The 52-year-old has also been nominated in the list for the manager of the year with the finest for his exploits at Bramall Lane. He has gathered a fine squad that just loves getting instructed on his tactics and performs elegantly on the pitch. Wilder was appointed as head coach in May 2016 when the club desperately needed to be more ambitious going forward.
The former Oxford United boss ticked all the boxes by making productive signings with a limited transfer budget and helped the team go from dwindling league one side to a challenging Premier league team in space of just two seasons. As a case, he has now taken charge of the Blades’ hot-seat for 195 games.
#4. Pep Guardiola ( 4 years and 28 days)
The Spanish genius landed at Manchester City after signing with them on February 1st 2016, in a view to reinstating the club’s supremacy in the league with his CV being one of the best in the managerial world. Having a world-class manager in your dugout assures you silverware and that came in plenty, once the club got used to the phenom tactics that he constructed from his successful tenure at FC Barcelona.
After finishing his first season with no trophies in the bag, the former Bayern boss stepped up a gear and handed the club back to back Premier League titles. He also won multiple league cups and a FA Cup in that period and despite not winning the Champions League yet, Guardiola has been immensely successful at City.
The City boss with plenty of success in his stint at the Etihad has spent over 231 games in the City dugout with victories in 167 of them.
#5. Nuno Espirito Santo (3 years and 59 days)
This list can’t be concluded with another amazing manager doing bits with his role. Before his appointment, Wolverhampton Wanderers like Burnley were dangling in the championship but finally made their cut to gain promotion after a six-year absence from the top flight.
Nuno’s sensational work didn’t end there as his side qualified for Europa League football next with stars from his country of descendants like Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez making a hungry pack that goes with the club’s nickname ‘Wolves’. Such is their brilliance that they are competing in the Round of 16 stages of the competition and in prime position to reach the quarters.
Although the Portuguese manager faced disappointment in the last match of the campaign by not gaining an automatic spot for the Europa League, Nuno’s tenure at the club is more than decent. The boss had taken charge of over 150 games, enjoying victories in 80 of them and most of them coming out in the important stages of the campaign. Another thing for him is his commitment towards the club’s project and he is the only one to drive this team forward and make Wolves a far more enjoyable side in the future.