The Rundown

How Brendan Rodgers is set to become the Premier League’s fifth-longest serving manager

The Rundown

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He has not yet been in the job for a year, but, almost unbelievably, Brendan Rodgers is poised to become the fifth-longest serving manager in the Premier League.

Alex Ferguson had been by far the longest-serving boss in English football, but with him leaving, and several other top flight managers set to be on their way this summer, Rodgers's 346 days at Anfield will see him soar up towards the top of the table.

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Fergie: There he goes, there he goes, there he goes...

Fergie: There he goes, there he goes, there he goes...

How come? It works out like this: with David Moyes taking Ferguson's job at United, two of the three previously longest-serving managers are leaving their jobs at the end of the season. The other, Arsene Wenger, will be the longest-serving manager left in English football once Fergie has retired.

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Wenger: Still in a job despite closing in on 10 trophyless years

Wenger: Still in a job despite closing in on 10 trophyless years

Then there's Tony Pulis, the Stoke manager, who has been at the Britannia Stadium for almost seven years. He is strongly expected to leave at the end of the season after widespread reports of dissatisfaction on behalf of both the Stoke boss and the club chiefs who employ him.

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Pulis: Looks much younger with his hat on

Pulis: Looks much younger with his hat on

After Pulis is Roberto Martinez, who has been at Wigan just under four years, but who is a hot favourite for the vacancy at Everton - and indeed any other Premier League job that comes up.

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Martinez: Will relegation make it more or less likely that he leaves? Nobody quite knows

That would leave Newcastle boss Alan Pardew as the second longest-serving boss in the top flight, despite having been at the Magpies for less than two and a half years.

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Pardew: Still at Newcastle despite troubled times

After Pardew comes Sam Allardyce and Martin Jol, both of whom were employed in the summer of 2011. Allardyce has just signed a new deal, though Jol has had a difficult season at Fulham and could yet head for the exit.

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Next longest-serving, quite amazingly, is Rodgers. By the end of summer only Wenger, Pardew, Allardyce and Jol will have been in their posts longer, though five other top flight managers were hired in the three weeks following Rodgers' appointment by Liverpool last June.

It might not even end there: should Jol leave, and Real Madrid finally manage to prise Arsene Wenger away from Arsenal, the Liverpool boss could be one of the grand old men of the Premier League despite having just a year on the clock.

Longest-serving Premier League managers (as of 14 May 2013)

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Probably longest-serving Premier League managers (prediction for 1 June 2013)

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