After months of speculation the Frenchman – who has been at Arsenal since 1996 – agreed a new contract, which will be officially announced on Wednesday.No active manager across Europe’s top five leagues comes close to matching his current 20 years and eight months in charge of one club. In fact, Wenger has the fifth-longest reign in our study.We have scanned the tenures of managers across 252 clubs from England’s current top four tiers and the top two leagues in Spain, Germany, Italy and France since 1960. Here are the 50 longest serving managers, according to worldfootball.net data
The four front-runners
In third place is a possibly unfamiliar name – Michel Le Milinaire. He was in charge of French Ligue 2 side Stade Laval for 24 years between 1968 and 1992, taking them through the tiers to France’s top flight, while Dario Gradi coached Crewe Alexandra for more than 23 years until 2007.
In the list of 50 longest managerial tenures since 1960, only four managers remain with their respective club: Wenger (Arsenal), Paul Tisdale (Exeter), Frank Schmidt (FC Heidenheim), Torsten Lieberknecht (Eintracht Braunschweig).Brian Clough’s spell at Nottingham Forest is the sixth-longest term – he masterminded two European Cup titles, four League Cups, the league title and a European Super Cup during his 18 years at the helm.Other stand-out tenures include Alan Curbishley (14 years and 10 months at Charlton), David Pleat (14 years at Luton), Sir Bobby Robson (13 years and six months at Ipswich), Joe Royle (12 years at Oldham) and David Moyes (11 years at Everton).Liverpool legend Bob Paisley ranks 45th with his nine-year spell as Reds boss between 1974 and 1983, winning six league titles, three European Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.