5. Sir Alex Ferguson
It’s hard to imagine another manager in English football having a run as successful as Alex
Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United. He won an astonishing 13 Premier League titles with the club, as well as five FA Cups.
Perhaps his crowning achievement was in 1999, when United won the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup to claim a hallowed treble.
4. Mickey Evans
Evans was 36 when he became a player-manager for Welsh second division side Caersws. He’s still
there at 70, having won three league cups and coached the team into a place in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002. When he’s not managing football or scouting for players he continues his job as an oil worker.
3. Bill Struth
Bill Struth holds a special place in Rangers fans’ hearts after a brilliant tenure of 18 Scottish league titles. His greatest moment came in 1947, when
the team won the Scottish treble of league title, Scottish Cup and League Cup. His portrait still
hangs in the team’s trophy room.
2. Willie Maley
Rangers rival Celtic also had an extremely long-serving manager, and under Maley the team won
16 league titles and 14 Scottish Cups. In fact Maley won 1,045 of his 1,614 Celtic games, and
went against the wishes of the club’s owners by focusing on training youth rather than spending lots of money on established players.
1. Guy Roux
The longest serving manager of a single football team is Guy Roux, with a remarkable 44 years
under his belt. His association with French side Auxerre actually spans 53 years, having begun his career there as a player back in 1952. It’s safe to
say Roux played the long game with Auxerre who were an amateur team when he became manager but reached the French Cup final in 1979, were promoted to Ligue 1 in 1980, and finally became champions in 1996.