Frank Rijkaard and Josep Guardiola’s lengthy, trophy-laden, back-to-back tenures at Barcelona have lent the Catalan club an air of stability that remains historically atypical.
The average time in office of the last 20 Barcelona managers was a more modest 20.3 months.
If that’s not a mean incumbency short enough to have punters loading their wheelbarrows full of cash and rushing down to bwin towers in search of the 3/1 about new broom Luis Enrique having relinquished the reins before the first day of August 2015, then get this, dear reader, get this.
If Johan Cruyff’s glorious eight-year spell in Catalunya and the three-year-plus reigns of Terry Venables, Rijkaard and Guardiola at Camp Nou are stricken from the record, then the average time in the job of the remaining 16 managers is a shade over ten months.
A brief that comes with death or glory in the job description, history suggests Luis Enrique will be cut down with little sympathy should teething troubles threaten to derail the 2014/15 campaign.
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A cavernous space of some 15 months yawns between Luis Enrique’s appointment and the cut-off date for the special bet issued by the bwin.com odds moguls.
It’s a period of time neither of the two post-Guardiola Barca bosses managed to last and one only the current FC Bayern manager and Rijkaard have outlived this century.
The nascent managerial record of former the Spain international, whose collection of playing-career garnered precious metal neck furniture rivals that of Mr T, is no byword for longevity either.
He may have spent three years in his first role at Barcelona B, but since moving into top-flight gafferdom the 44-year-old posted a pair of 11-month spells at Roma and Celta Vigo.