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Klopp and Guardiola climb long-serving bosses list – but not for long

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola both climbed a place in the list of English professional football's longest-serving current managers this weekend – only to then almost immediately drop back to where they were.

Liverpool's Klopp and Manchester City's Guardiola are undoubtedly the top two managers in the Premier League right now, having picked up each of the last three league titles between them.

City romped to the title with 100 points in 2017/18, before edging out Liverpool by a point the following year and then seeing the Reds run away with it this time around.

And both managers are proof of the old adage that it is better to give bosses time and stick with them through thick and thin.

The pair are both in the top 10 managers in terms the longevity of their current spell in charge of a club in the top four divisions of English football, with Klopp being appointed by Liverpool in October 2015, and Guardiola by City the following July.

Previously in second place, Eddie Howe's departure from Bournemouth – where he was almost eight years into his second spell in charge – on Saturday night saw Klopp jump to the fourth longest-serving boss in the country and Guardiola the seventh.

Longest-serving managers in top four tiers of English football (as of August 2, 2020)

1. Simon Weaver (Harrogate Town) – 11 years, 73 days

2. Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe) – 7 years, 313 days

3. Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 7 years, 277 days

4. John Coleman (Accrington Stanley) – 5 years, 319 days

5. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 4 years, 299 days

6. Mark Cooper (Forest Green) – 4 years, 85 days

7. Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) – 4 years, 82 days

8. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – 4 years, 32 days

9. Paul Warne (Rotherham) – 3 years, 248 days

10. David Artell (Crewe) – 3 years, 207 days

But Harrogate Town's historic National League playoff final victory over Notts County on Sunday now sees their manager Simon Weaver come straight in as the new No.1, with everyone else moving back down a place.

Weaver has masterminded the club's first ever promotion to the Football League having been in charge since May 21, 2009, a reign of 11 years and 73 days at the West Yorkshire club.

Wycombe's Gareth Ainsworth – who took his side to promotion to the Championship last month – now sits second, with Burnley's Sean Dyche third.

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