The average shelf life of a Belgian coach in a first division amounts to twelve months. Sport/Voetbalmagazine searched out how it relates to the other European leagues.
On average, continues to be a trainer in the Jupiler Pro League 321 days to get started at a club. That is the result of a research during the last five years in the Jupiler Pro League. Translated is that of 10.7 months. That is also the average time that a trainer in one of the five European top leagues keeping up. Compared to those top leagues, Belgium on the fourth place. The longest stay trainers in service in the French Ligue 1 (average 16 months), for the Premier League (14,5 months) and the Bundesliga (13 months). Less long than in the Jupiler Pro League continue to be trainers in the Spanish League (10 months) and the Italian Serie A (9 months) afloat.
The longest serving coach in the six leagues together is Arsène Wenger (233 months at Arsenal since October 1996). After him come two Frenchmen, Christophe Galthier (Saint Etienne, 75 months) and Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp, 70 months), the Italian Giampiero Ventura (Torino, 57 months) and the Frenchman Stéphane Moulin (Angers, 57 months).
The number six is a Belgian. Francky Dury is the longest in service in the Jupiler Pro League. He returned to Zulte Waregem back in december 2011 and taking it to the Gaverbeek in the meantime, another 52 months. In Spain and Germany there is no trainer that for so long the stroke is on the highest level. After Dury comes Diego Simeone, is already 51 months at Atlético Madrid.
The numbers two and three in Belgium and Felice Mazzu (Charleroi, 33 months) and Michel Preud’homme (Club Brugge, 30 months). Only six of the sixteen first graders are working on currently with the trainer that the previous season ended: Anderlecht, Club, AA Gent, Charleroi, KV Mechelen and Zulte Waregem.
Geert Foutré and Johan Serkijn