When Big Ben bongs again after four years of silence, you can bet your bottom dollar that Arsene Wenger will still be the man in charge of Arsenal.
20 years and 324 days since Le Professeur revolutionised football with those alien concepts of ‘not drinking’ and ‘pasta’, Wenger’s tenure in North London has long been accepted, unchallenged, as the current longest one in all tiers of English football.
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However, it is only as of today that Arsene Wenger can claim to be the manager who has been in his job the longest after Gordon Bartlett stepped down as manager of Wealdstone FC, the club the school teacher took over in 1995.
During his time in the dugout with Wealdstone, Bartlett, who isn’t leaving the club entirely and will become Head of Youth Development, has taken the club from the Ryman Third Division to the National League South (that’s five promotions away from the Premier League).
“Looking back, I have a huge amount of pride on the success and progress we have made since my arrival in 1995,”
“I move on with some brilliant memories and the knowledge the club is in a far better place than when I took over.
“My ambition was to take the club back to the top of non-league football and although we may have finished one short of the objective, I can’t really say I haven’t had a fair crack at it.”
– Gordon Bartlett
It has long been accepted that Arsene Wenger will be the last of his kind in terms of being in a job for a substantial period of time, with Eddie Howe, Mark Hughes and Sean Dyche the closest to the Frenchman, having spent over four years in charge of their current respective clubs.
And it wouldn’t be absurd to suggest the aforementioned trio will be out of work come the end of this current Premier League season.