There is a perception in the US media that being a coach at an NFL team is a precarious position; that owners dismiss coaches at the drop of a hat. Compared to the English Premier League, an NFL coach’s position is one of almost geological stability.
Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager in the English Premier League. He has been at Arsenal since 1996, longer than any NFL manager has held his post. However, the second most tenured manager in England’s top flight has held the position since December 2010, a little over three years. One quarter of the managers were appointed this year and sixty-five percent were appointed since the end of last season.
Eleven of the thirty-two NFL coaches were appointed in or before 2010. And three of the NFL coaches have been at their team for ten or more years. Granted seven coaches were appointed this year, but that is a lower percentage than in England, and came after the season was complete.
The longest serving manager in English football history was Fred Everiss, who held the position for forty-six years; although that record is beaten in the US by Connie Mack. He was the Athletics’ manager for fifty years.