- Football managers, just like the players, have proven that age is just a number in the sport.
- Some old managers in the football world, such as Sir Alex Ferguson, left their marks behind due to their game-winning tactics.
- Roy Hodgson is the oldest manager to ever coach in the English Premier League. The England international recently managed Watford.
Football players have proven several times that age is just a number. And the same applies to managers, as we have seen some of the oldest managers in Premier League history win titles.
Experience always helps, and that’s why managers like Sir Alex Ferguson left their marks in the football world.
Unlike younger managers, older managers have dealt with different players of different qualities. These managers have showcased their expertise and effectiveness in tactics.
Here, we will discuss the oldest managers in Premier League history.
1. Roy Hodgson – 74
Roy Hodgson is the oldest manager in Premier League history. The England international was the manager of Watford last season. He took the role in January this year, a day after Claudio Ranieri was sacked.
However, the legendary manager stepped down from his managerial position at the end of last season. He announced that he would not take another managerial role in the English Premier League.
Apart from Watford, Roy Hodgson has also managed other Premier League teams such as West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool.
Hodgson led Fulham to their first ever European final in the Europa League in 2010. But they finished as runner-up losing to Atletico Madrid.
2. Bobby Robson – 71 years, 192 days
Bobby Robson has one of the longest managerial tenures in Europe. The England international managed several teams, including Fulham, Newcastle United, Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven, Ipswich Town and FC Porto.
The late Bobby began his managerial spell in the Premier League at Newcastle United, helping them escape relegation in his first season – 1999-2000.
He helped them qualify for the UEFA Champions League the following season. The legendary manager’s last game was on August 28, 2004, and he was sacked two days later.
Bobby never managed any team afterwards until he succumbed to lung cancer in July 2009.
3. Sir Alex Ferguson – 71 years, 139 days
Sir Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly one of the best managers to ever coach in the English Premier League. The Scott has a legacy of nurturing young talents like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney into legends.
Football fans mostly remember Sir Alex Ferguson during his time as the manager of Manchester United. He spent 26 years with the Premier League giants, winning 38 trophies.
The legendary manager holds the record for the highest number of Premier League titles won by a manager – 13. He is the only manager to win the Premier League title three consecutive times.
Ferguson, one of the oldest managers in Premier League history, managed Manchester United in 810 Premier League matches; 528 wins, 168 draws and 114 losses. He managed his last match at 71 years and 139 days.
4. Neil Warnock – 70 years, 162 days
Neil Warnock is one of the oldest managers in Premier League history. The legendary manager coached a total of 16 teams in England.
Some of the Premier League teams he managed include Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace. The last team he managed was Middlesbrough. And he parted ways with the English club by mutual consent in November 2021.
Warnock officially announced his retirement from managerial career on April 9, 2022.
5. Claudio Ranieri – 70 years, 93 days
The football world will always remember how Leicester City came from relegation to win the Premier League in its first season. Claudio Ranieri is the manager who did the outstanding job of leading the team in that 2015-16 season.
Ranieri is one of the oldest managers in Premier League history. The legendary manager began his coaching career in the Premier League in 2000 at Chelsea. He left the Blues in 2003 after Roman Abramovich took over the club.
Claudio Ranieri returned to the Premier League in 2015 after managing several notable teams such as Juventus, Inter Milan, Roma, Valencia and Monaco.
He was sacked after two years with Leicester City. In 2018, he managed Fulham for one season, then took over as Watford’s boss during the 2021-22 season.
On January 24 2022, Ranieri was sacked following a run of poor results, with the club sitting in the relegation zone.