Top five oldest managers in Premier League history
Interestingly there are a few active managers on the list
By being reelected as Crystal Palace’s manager till the conclusion of the current campaign, Roy Hodgson has surpassed his own record for the oldest Premier League manager ever.
Patrick Vieira, who was fired on Friday with the Eagles 12th in the Premier League and three points above the relegation battle following a 12-match losing streak, is replaced by the 75-year-old former England manager.
On this note, here we take a look at the top five oldest managers in Premier League history:
5. Claudio Ranieri (70y, 93d)
When Claudio Ranieri took command of Watford versus Everton on October 23, 2021, he became just the seventh person older than 70 to lead a side in a Premier League match. To mark the occasion, Watford thrashed the Toffees 5-2 at Goodison Park.
His tenure at Watford, though, was brief—112 days, to be exact. After just 13 games and two victories, Ranieri was fired due to poor play. He was the senior manager in the Premier League at the time of his dismissal (70 years old), and he was also the oldest manager in Serie A last season (69 years old).
4. Neil Warnock (70y, 162d)
The second-oldest manager on this list who is still actively coaching in the game of professional football is Neil Warnock, who now manages Huddersfield in the Championship at the age of 74. Given that Huddersfield is now towards the bottom of the league, there is a little possibility he can achieve it this year. Nevertheless, if he is given another season with the Yorkshire club, he will be aiming to break a personal record. With eight promotions under his belt, he now owns the distinction for the most in English professional football; never rule it out.
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3. Alex Ferguson (71y, 139d)
Throughout the annals of the Premier League, there has only ever been one 5-5 tie, and it occurred in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match as manager. In the Hawthorns, in this Premier League match against West Brom, the Scotsman took control of Manchester United for the 1,500th and last time. He was 71 years and 139 days old at the time.
Only Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger (828) oversaw greater fixtures in the Premier League than the former Manchester United manager Ferguson, who has the most victories (528) and points (1,752) as a manager (810).
2. Bobby Robson (71y, 192d)
The much-loved Bobby Robson managed Newcastle to a 0-0 draw against Aston Villa in his farewell Premier League contest at the age of 71 years and 192 days. Despite the fact that it was Newcastle’s second match in the Premier League of the 2004–05 season, club owner Freddy Shepherd made the odd decision that it was necessary for a change of management.
Robson, a former Barcelona manager, didn’t win a title with the Magpies, but he will always be hailed among the greatest English club bosses ever after the Three Lions’ success at the 1990 World Cup. Only about five years following his final game as a player, he passed away in July 2009 at the age of 76.
1. Roy Hodgson (75y, 235d)
Roy Hodgson’s 45-year management career came to an end at the conclusion of 2020–21 when Crystal Palace travelled to Anfield to play old side Liverpool in the Premier League. It lasted up until January 2022, when the ex-manager of England chose to take over at Watford and give the big time one final go.
Hodgson made the decision to have one more shot at managing in the Premier League, returning to Palace after his hiring in March 2023. The English manager has broken the record on three different occasions and is also the current holder of the record.
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