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What's new this season? Debutant managers

2 Aug 2018
Left to right: Slavisa Jokanovic, Nuno Espirito Santo, Maurizio Sarri, Unai Emery

Find out about the four new faces set to take charge of a PL club for the first time

As the days count down to the first match of the season, looks at things new to the competition for 2018/19.


Since its inception in 1992, a total of 231 managers or head coaches have taken charge of a club in the Premier League.

That number will increase to 235 on the opening weekend with four new tacticians set to make their maiden appearances in the competition.

Slavisa Jokanovic (pictured, above left) and Nuno Espirito Santo (pictured, above centre left) will experience the PL for the first time as a reward for guiding Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham to promotion from the Championship respectively.

Jokanovic, 49, will be the first Serbian to manage in England's top tier, while Nuno, 44, will be the 10th Portuguese national, but first native of the African island of Sao Tome and Principe to grace the competition.

Maurizio Sarri, the 59-year-old Italian (pictured, above centre right), has replaced compatriot Antonio Conte at Chelsea, and Arsenal's Unai Emery (pictured, above right) takes over from the longest-serving manager in the history of the competition, Arsene Wenger.

Emery will need to take charge of 829 matches in order to surpass the Frenchman's appearance total, a feat that would require the Spaniard to still be in charge in the 2040/41 season, by which time he will be 68 - Wenger's current age.

PL's longest-serving managers
Manager Apps W D L Win %
Arsene Wenger 828 476 199 153 57.5
Alex Ferguson 810 528 168 114 65.2
Harry Redknapp 641 236 167 238 36.8
David Moyes 526 204 144 178 38.8
Sam Allardyce 512 174 138 200 34
Mark Hughes 452 157 121 174 34.7
Steve Bruce 392 110 109 173 28.1
Martin O'Neill 359 130 115 114 36.2
Alan Curbishley 328 108 85 135 32.9
Tony Pulis 322 98 93 131 30.4
Familiar faces

There are three more familiar faces returning to the Premier League in charge of new clubs.

Having already won the 2013/14 Premier League title with Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini will be in the dugout for West Ham United in 2018/19.

Marco Silva has taken the helm at Everton following spells at Hull City and Watford, and Neil Warnock is back in the top flight with Cardiff City.

The Yorkshireman has managed Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace in the Premier League and is tasked with overseeing the Bluebirds' second PL season, having guided them to promotion in May.

Also in this series

Part 1: What's new this season? Nike Merlin ball
Part 2: What's new this season? The 59th stadium
Part 3: What's new this season? Match officials
Part 4: What's new this season? Earlier Deadline Day
Part 5: What's new this season? Maiden fixtures
Part 6: What's new this season? Nike referee kits
Part 8: What's new this season? Disciplinary sanctions
~Part 9: What's new this season? New nationalities

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