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The longest-serving Football League managers list

8 August 2014

The stage is set, the new season is upon us. Months of preparation off the field and weeks of hard slog on the training pitches will be put to the test this weekend when the real action begins.

The main architects of all that planning - the managers and head coaches - will be putting their reputations on the line once again as their every decision for the next 10 months comes under scrutiny from all and sundry.

A whopping 40% of the 72 managers in The Football League will be bracing themselves for their first full season in charge of their present club, having been appointed to their current role since August 2013.

Aptly, 14 of those appointments have been made in the calendar year of 2014 and just over half have occurred during the close-season.

Eight bosses will take charge of their new teams for the first time at the weekend, with two - Brighton and Hove Albion's Sami Hyypia and Charlton Athletic's Bob Peeters - making their competitive managerial debuts in English football after previously managing in Germany and Belgium respectively.

Along with former Finland coach Hyypia, Stuart Pearce is another who will be bringing his experience of the international set-up to The Football League for the first time as Nottingham Forest boss.

Recent recruits Neil Adams (Norwich City), Felix Magath (Fulham) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Cardiff City) will also manage for the first time in the Sky Bet Championship, having been appointed to the three sides relegated from the Premier League since the turn of the year.

Coming at it from the other end of the football pyramid is new Leeds United Head Coach Dave Hockaday who has moved up to The Football League for the first time after four years with Conference Premier outfit Forest Green Rovers between 2009 and 2013.

The eight close-season appointments are Hyypia, Peeters, Pearce and Hockaday plus Blackpool manager Jose Riga, Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon, Oxford United gaffer Michael Appleton and one man who will take charge of his first ever professional match.

Rob Edwards, the former Carlisle United, Bristol City, Preston North End, Blackpool and Exeter City defender, hung his boots up at St James Park in 2011 after five years with the club and worked his way up the coaching ranks at the Grecians to the role of assistant, alongside the longest-serving manager in The Football League, Paul Tisdale. He quit that post in May and turned down other coaching opportunities in preference to taking the reins at Prenton Park.

1Paul TisdaleExeter City06/06League 2
2Mark YatesCheltenham Town12/09League 2
3Russell SladeLeyton Orient04/10League 1
4Karl RobinsonMilton Keynes Dons05/10League 1
5Dean SmithWalsall01/11League 1
6Darren FergusonPeterborough United01/11League 1
7Micky AdamsPort Vale05/11League 1
8Jim BentleyMorecambe05/11League 2
9Paul CoxMansfield Town05/11League 2
10Phil ParkinsonBradford City08/11League 1
11Justin EdinburghNewport County10/11League 2
12Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra11/11League 1
13Gary JohnsonYeovil Town01/12League 1
14Gary RowettBurton Albion03/12League 2
15Steve EvansRotherham United04/12Championship
16Lee ClarkBirmingham City06/12Championship
17Gareth AinsworthWycombe Wanderers09/12League 2
18Joe DunneColchester United09/12League 1
19Richard MoneyCambridge United10/12League 2
20Neal ArdleyAFC Wimbledon10/12League 2
21Eddie HoweBournemouth10/12Championship
22Dougie FreedmanBolton Wanderers10/12Championship
23Paul CookChesterfield10/12League 1
24Mick McCarthyIpswich Town11/12Championship
25Graham AlexanderFleetwood Town12/12League 1
26John SheridanPlymouth Argyle01/13League 2
27Keith HillRochdale01/13League 1
28Mark RobinsHuddersfield Town02/13Championship
29Simon GraysonPreston North End02/13League 1
30John StillLuton Town02/13League 2
31Wayne BurnettDagenham & Redbridge02/13League 2
32Nigel WorthingtonYork City03/13League 2
33Steven PressleyCoventry City03/13League 1
34Lee JohnsonOldham Athletic03/13League 1
35Gary BowyerBlackburn Rovers03/13Championship
36Phil BrownSouthend United03/13League 2
37Nigel AdkinsReading03/13Championship
38Graham WestleyStevenage03/13League 2
39James BeattieAccrington Stanley05/13League 2
40Paul DickovDoncaster Rovers05/13League 1
41Colin CooperHartlepool United05/13League 2
42Kenny JackettWolverhampton Wanderers05/13Championship
43Mark CooperSwindon Town07/13League 1
44Graham KavanaghCarlisle United09/13League 2
45Steve McClarenDerby County09/13Championship
46Peter TaylorGillingham10/13League 1
47Nigel CloughSheffield United10/13League 1
48Shaun DerryNotts County11/13League 1
49Aitor KarankaMiddlesbrough11/13Championship
50Russ WilcoxScunthorpe United11/13League 1
51Stuart GraySheffield Wednesday12/13Championship
52Steve CotterillBristol City12/13League 1
53John GregoryCrawley Town12/13League 1
54Uwe RoslerWigan Athletic12/13Championship
55David FlitcroftBury12/13League 2
56Mark WarburtonBrentford12/13Championship
57Danny WilsonBarnsley12/13League 1
58Giuseppe SanninoWatford12/13Championship
59Ole Gunnar SolskjaerCardiff City01/14Championship
60Ian HollowayMillwall01/14Championship
61Chris WilderNorthampton Town01/14League 2
62Felix MagathFulham02/14Championship
63Andy AwfordPortsmouth03/14League 2
64Neil AdamsNorwich City04/14Championship
65Micky MellonShrewsbury Town05/14League 2
66Rob EdwardsTranmere Rovers05/14League 2
67Bob PeetersCharlton Athletic05/14Championship
68Sami HyypiaBrighton & Hove Albion06/14Championship
69Jose RigaBlackpool06/14Championship
70Dave HockadayLeeds United06/14Championship
71Stuart PearceNottingham Forest07/14Championship
72Michael AppletonOxford United07/14League 2

By division:


Div RankManagerClubAppointedFL Rank
1Steve EvansRotherham United04/1215
2Lee ClarkBirmingham City06/1216
3Eddie HoweBournemouth10/1221
4Dougie FreedmanBolton Wanderers10/1222
5Mick McCarthyIpswich Town11/1224
6Mark RobinsHuddersfield Town02/1328
7Gary BowyerBlackburn Rovers03/1335
8Nigel AdkinsReading03/1337
9Kenny JackettWolverhampton Wanderers05/1342
10Steve McClarenDerby County09/1345
11Aitor KarankaMiddlesbrough11/1349
12Stuart GraySheffield Wednesday12/1351
13Uwe RoslerWigan Athletic12/1354
14Mark WarburtonBrentford12/1356
15Giuseppe SanninoWatford12/1358
16Ole Gunnar SolskjaerCardiff City01/1459
17Ian HollowayMillwall01/1460
18Felix MagathFulham02/1462
19Neil AdamsNorwich City04/1464
20Bob PeetersCharlton Athletic05/1467
21Sami HyypiaBrighton & Hove Albion06/1468
22Jose RigaBlackpool06/1469
23Dave HockadayLeeds United06/1470
24Stuart PearceNottingham Forest07/1471

League 1

Div RankManagerClubAppointedFL Rank
1Russell SladeLeyton Orient04/103
2Karl RobinsonMilton Keynes Dons05/104
3Dean SmithWalsall01/115
4Darren FergusonPeterborough United01/116
5Micky AdamsPort Vale05/117
6Phil ParkinsonBradford City08/1110
7Steve DavisCrewe Alexandra11/1112
8Gary JohnsonYeovil Town01/1213
9Joe DunneColchester United09/1218
10Paul CookChesterfield10/1223
11Graham AlexanderFleetwood Town12/1225
12Keith HillRochdale01/1327
13Simon GraysonPreston North End02/1329
14Steven PressleyCoventry City03/1333
15Lee JohnsonOldham Athletic03/1334
16Paul DickovDoncaster Rovers05/1340
17Mark CooperSwindon Town07/1343
18Peter TaylorGillingham10/1346
19Nigel CloughSheffield United10/1347
20Russ WilcoxScunthorpe United11/1350
21Steve CotterillBristol City12/1352
22Danny WilsonBarnsley12/1357
23Shaun DerryNotts County11/1348
24John GregoryCrawley Town12/1353

League 2

Div RankManagerClubAppointedFL Rank
1Paul TisdaleExeter City06/061
2Mark YatesCheltenham Town12/092
3Jim BentleyMorecambe05/118
4Paul CoxMansfield Town05/119
5Justin EdinburghNewport County10/1111
6Gary RowettBurton Albion03/1214
7Gareth AinsworthWycombe Wanderers09/1217
8Richard MoneyCambridge United10/1219
9Neal ArdleyAFC Wimbledon10/1220
10John SheridanPlymouth Argyle01/1326
11John StillLuton Town02/1330
12Wayne BurnettDagenham & Redbridge02/1331
13Nigel WorthingtonYork City03/1332
14Phil BrownSouthend United03/1336
15Graham WestleyStevenage03/1338
16James BeattieAccrington Stanley05/1339
17Colin CooperHartlepool United05/1341
18Graham KavanaghCarlisle United09/1344
19David FlitcroftBury12/1355
20Chris WilderNorthampton Town01/1461
21Andy AwfordPortsmouth03/1463
22Micky MellonShrewsbury Town05/1465
23Rob EdwardsTranmere Rovers05/1466
24Michael AppletonOxford United07/1472

Please note this data has been compiled on the basis of when individuals first took charge of a match, so in some instances this is from the period when they were installed as caretaker boss.

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