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Can you guess the Football League’s new longest serving manager? Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola feature

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Harrogate Town’s victory over Notts County in the National League play-off final secured their place in the Football League for the first time in the club’s history, a landmark day for the Yorkshire club.

The Sulphurites’ win at Wembley also saw their boss, Simon Weaver, gatecrash a group of managers who have enjoyed positive tenures at their clubs over the past few seasons. 

Weaver, 42, is now the longest-serving manager in the Football League, elevating himself to the top of a list of excellent names at impressive clubs. 

Harrogate Town's promotion to League Two sees their manager join a list of illustrious names

Harrogate Town's promotion to League Two sees their manager join a list of illustrious names

Harrogate Town’s promotion to League Two sees their manager join a list of illustrious names

The win makes manager Simon Weaver the longest-serving manager in the Football League

The win makes manager Simon Weaver the longest-serving manager in the Football League

The win makes manager Simon Weaver the longest-serving manager in the Football League

THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE’S LONGEST-SERVING MANAGERS
Name Club Appointed  Days in charge 
1. Simon Weaver Harrogate Town May 21, 2009  4,098 
2. Gareth Ainsworth  Wycombe Wanderers  September 24, 2012  2,876
3. Sean Dyche  Burnley  October 30, 2012  2,840
4. John Coleman  Accrington Stanley  September 18, 2014  2,152
5. Jurgen Klopp  Liverpool  October 8, 2015  1,767
6. Chris Wilder  Sheffield United  May 12, 2016  1,550
7. Mark Cooper  Forest Green Rovers  May 17, 2016  1,545
8. Pep Guardiola  Manchester City  July 1, 2016  1,500
9. Paul Warne  Rotherham United  November 29, 2016  1,349
10. David Artell  Crewe Alexandra  January 8, 2017  1,309

The Harrogate boss was appointed manager eleven years ago, on May 20, 2009, meaning he has served at the club for 4,098 days as boss. In that time, Chelsea have had 10 different managers, while Watford have had a staggering 14 managers on the touchline. 

Sportsmail takes a look at the managers the 42-year-old has leapfrogged after securing promotion to the Football League with Harrogate Town.  

Gareth Ainsworth may be well known for his quirky dress sense, often wearing an extravagant leather jacket or a pristine shirt, but the Wycombe Wanderers boss has worked wonders at his club for the best part of eight years.

Weaver's 11 years in charge sees him overtake Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth

Weaver's 11 years in charge sees him overtake Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth

Weaver’s 11 years in charge sees him overtake Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth

He has taken the club from League Two to the Championship during his 2,876 days in charge

He has taken the club from League Two to the Championship during his 2,876 days in charge

He has taken the club from League Two to the Championship during his 2,876 days in charge

The 47-year-old took the helm at The Chairboys on September 24, 2012, a time when Sir Alex Ferguson was still manager of Manchester United and Taylor Swift was top of the UK charts with ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’.

Unlike the intended recipient of that classic hit from Swift, Ainsworth has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Wycombe Wanderers. This season he capped a remarkable journey from League Two to the Championship, beating Oxford United 2-1 last month to secure their place in the second tier.

Ainsworth is closely followed by Sean Dyche, who has done an outstanding job at Burnley, qualifying for the Europa League two seasons ago. There have been reports of tension between Dyche and chairman Mike Garlick. If the club and Dyche part ways, they’ll be searching for a manager for the first time since October 30, 2012. 

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (right) sits in third while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is fifth

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (right) sits in third while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is fifth

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (right) sits in third while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is fifth

Klopp has delivered Premier League and Champions League titles in his 1,767days at Anfield

Klopp has delivered Premier League and Champions League titles in his 1,767days at Anfield

Klopp has delivered Premier League and Champions League titles in his 1,767days at Anfield

It feels as though Jurgen Klopp only took over at Liverpool very recently, so it will come as a surprise to see the charismatic German on this list in fifth place, behind John Coleman of Accrington Stanley. 

Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in October 8, 2015, and has gone on to enjoy huge success with the Reds, ‘turning doubters to believers’ and securing the club’s first Premier League title in 30 years in the process.

Since Klopp’s arrival at Anfield 1,767 days ago, Manchester United have had three different managers in Louis Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, spent roughly £610m and fallen well behind their arch rivals. With a new contract signed until 2024, Klopp could well see himself move to the top of the list if he continues in this vein.

Sheffield United's Chris Wilder (left) is sixth, having won two promotions with the Blades

Sheffield United's Chris Wilder (left) is sixth, having won two promotions with the Blades

Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder (left) is sixth, having won two promotions with the Blades

The 52-year-old has worked wonders at his boyhood club, finishing ninth in the top flight

The 52-year-old has worked wonders at his boyhood club, finishing ninth in the top flight

The 52-year-old has worked wonders at his boyhood club, finishing ninth in the top flight

Just behind Klopp in sixth is Chris Wilder, who was appointed just five days before seventh-placed Mark Cooper of Forest Green Rovers on May 12, 2016.

It would take a spectacular downturn in form, and several armed men, to dislodge Wilder from his boyhood club. The Blades have been taken from League One to ninth in the Premier League during Wilder’s 1,550 days in charge of the club, and they don’t look like taking a backwards step. 

Cooper has been at the helm at Rovers while the club has undertaken a unique and innovative transformation. Since his appointment on May 17, 2016, Rovers have been named the world’s first vegan club

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper has overseen a huge transformation at the club

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper has overseen a huge transformation at the club

Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper has overseen a huge transformation at the club

Rovers became the world's first vegan club and named the 'greenest club' during his tenure

Rovers became the world's first vegan club and named the 'greenest club' during his tenure

Rovers became the world’s first vegan club and named the ‘greenest club’ during his tenure

Rovers are a football club who do things differently, and having entered the Football League after promotion in 2017, FIFA have described them as the greenest club in the world with innovative environmental and sustainability policies. 

Occupying eighth position is Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who, like Klopp, feels like he’s been in England for a shorter period of time than the 1,500 days since his arrival on July 1, 2016. 

After initial doubts among fans and pundits, Guardiola has taken the Premier League by storm. The City boss has won two league titles, three EFL Cups and an FA Cup to boot. The former Barcelona manager’s tenure at the Etihad will be defined by his performance in Europe, with a Champions League title wanted by City’s top brass.

Paul Warne of Rotherham United and David Artell of Crewe Alexandra complete the top 10 longest-serving managers in English football, with the former taking his club back to the Championship having arrived on November 29, 2016, while Artell has led Crewe to promotion to League One this season. 

P.S. Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe would have been third on the list prior to leaving the club at the start of August as he was in charge of the south-coast side for 2,848 days. 

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is the eight longest-serving manager in the Football League

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is the eight longest-serving manager in the Football League

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is the eight longest-serving manager in the Football League

David Artell of Crewe makes up the top 10, sitting just behind Rotherham boss Paul Warne

David Artell of Crewe makes up the top 10, sitting just behind Rotherham boss Paul Warne

David Artell of Crewe makes up the top 10, sitting just behind Rotherham boss Paul Warne

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RANGERS take on Galatasaray with only one of two European titans set to qualify for the Europa League group stage.

The Gers go into this one in good European form, having crushed Willem II 4-0 in Holland in the previous round.

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Meanwhile their Turkish opponents got to this stage with a 2-0 win at home to Croatia’s Hajduk Split.

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  • Rangers vs Galatasaray will take place on Thursday, October 1.
  • The match kicks off at 7.45pm UK time – 9.45pm in Turkey.
  • It will be played at Ibrox.

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Rangers 23/20

Draw 23/10

Galatasaray 12/5

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard: “I know Ryan [Babel] very well, he is a good friend of mine. I really enjoyed playing alongside him.

“I think he is in a good place in terms of where he is at with his football.

“He had a little bit of a mixed time at Liverpool but when he got it right he was a hell of a player to play alongside because he is powerful, he is quick, he can go past players and he has a cannon in his right foot.

“So he is a very dangerous opponent. But I know Galatasaray quite well in terms of personnel.

“We will have to find out a little more in terms of what system they are playing and their style home and away.

“We will do a lot more work this week on that. But it goes without staying that we are talking about a giant of a club. We will certainly have our respect for them come Thursday.”

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim has promised to play his strongest side after being disappointed with their 0-0 derby draw against Fenerbahce.

He said: “We couldn’t find a way through and the players know they will need to do more this week against a very difficult opponent.

“I will turn all my attention to Rangers now. The Europa League is very important to us in many ways and of course, we will play our strongest team.

“At the moment, we are playing every three or four days and that can be a factor. But we just have to deal with it.

“It always hurts when you don’t win a derby game and we have a chance to put it right this week in Glasgow.”

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