Mikel Arteta: Arsenal Boss Hopes for a Miracle as Mourinho Leads top 5 Youngest Managers to Win EPL

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal Boss Hopes for a Miracle as Mourinho Leads top 5 Youngest Managers to Win EPL

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 18, 2024 at 6:29 AM
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  • Mikel Arteta could become the youngest coach to win the Premier League
  • The current holder of the record is former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
  • Sports Brief looks at the five youngest managers to have won the EPL title

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Pep Guardiola's juggernaut enters the final day of the season with a two-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal, riding high on an impressive eight-game winning streak.

Manchester City stand on the precipice of a historic fourth consecutive Premier League title, with Arsenal poised to capitalise on any last-minute stumble from the leaders on Sunday.

City, set to face West Ham at home, are heavily favoured to set a new benchmark for dominance in English football by securing the title with a win.

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Mikel Arteta's quest to become the youngest manager to win the Premier League with Arsenal faces a formidable obstacle in Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse.
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Meanwhile, Arsenal, hosting Everton in their last fixture, have enjoyed a near-flawless run in 2024, boasting 15 wins and one draw (against City) in 17 league matches.

Despite the daunting odds, Mikel Arteta's men remain optimistic of pulling off a final-day miracle to end their 20-year wait for a Premier League title, as cited by Al Jazeera.

If Arsenal were to secure an improbable victory and clinch the Premier League ahead of the all-conquering City side, Arteta would become the youngest manager ever to achieve this feat.

However, Arteta's aspirations may face a familiar obstacle, reminiscent of his defeat to his friend and mentor, Pep Guardiola, last season.

Top 5 youngest managers to win Premier League

As Arteta hopes for a turnaround, Sports Brief delves into the youngest managers to have won the Premier League, highlighting the potential for an extraordinary twist in the tale. (Statistics culled from The Analyst)

5. Antonio Conte – 47 years, 285 days old

Let's begin from the bottom up.

Italian gaffer Antonio Conte hit the ground running in his debut season, leading Chelsea to a Premier League title and later securing the FA Cup.

Conte's Chelsea set a record for the most wins in a season (30), although this record has since been surpassed by Liverpool and Manchester City, per Givemesport.

Despite facing setbacks against Crystal Palace and Manchester United, the Blues finished the season strongly with six consecutive victories.

They ultimately secured the title, finishing seven points ahead of Tottenham, who were then managed by future Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino.

4. Roberto Mancini – 47 years, 167 days old

It took Mancini three seasons to figure out the winning formula for Manchester City, finally achieving Premier League glory in the 2011–12 season.

On the final day at the Etihad Stadium, City clinched the title in a tense showdown against Queens Park Rangers.

Manchester United had won their match against Sunderland, intensifying the pressure on City to secure a victory.

Sergio Aguero rose to the occasion, scoring a breathtaking last-minute goal that sealed the title and cemented Mancini's place as the fourth-youngest manager to win the Premier League.

3. Pep Guardiola – 47 years, 86 days old

The Spanish manager arrived in Manchester as an accomplished serial winner.

Despite his impressive resume, Guardiola needed two seasons to clinch his first of many Premier League titles in the 2017–18 campaign.

His delivery of the title was unprecedented. Manchester City won the league by a staggering 19-point margin over their neighbours, Manchester United.

According to the Premier League, this achievement marked the first time any manager had reached 100 points in a season.

Additionally, City's 106 goals scored set a new record for the most in a Premier League season while conceding just 27 goals.

2. Kenny Dalglish – 44 years, 71 days old

In a thrilling finale to the title race, Blackburn Rovers clashed with Liverpool at Anfield, while Manchester United battled West Ham on the season's last day.

Blackburn, led by Dalglish, needed a win to secure the title, but their hopes were almost dashed.

Despite taking the lead with an Alan Shearer goal, Liverpool fought back, with John Barnes equalising and Jamie Redknapp scoring a crucial 90th-minute free-kick for a 2-1 victory.

Meanwhile, Man United's unexpected 1-1 draw against West Ham confirmed King Kenny's Blackburn as champions by a slim margin of one point, and they finished the season with a total of 89 points in the 1994–95 season.

1. Jose Mourinho 42 years, 94 days old

Who else but the 'Special One' holds the record as the youngest manager to secure the Premier League title?

Mourinho achieved this milestone in his debut season at Stamford Bridge during the 2004–05 campaign.

Chelsea's supremacy was unmistakable, losing just one league match all season and finishing a commanding 12 points clear of Arsenal.

The Portuguese tactician's strategic acumen shone brightly throughout the campaign, with Chelsea conceding a mere 15 goals in 38 games—the fewest goals conceded in a single Premier League season.

Crucial fixtures on final day of 23/24 season

As the 2023–24 Premier League season draws to a close, anticipation mounts for Sunday's thrilling conclusion.

Manchester City and Arsenal take centre stage on the final day, battling it out for the championship title.

Sports Brief provides an overview of the crucial fixtures set to unfold this weekend in the English top-flight.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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