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

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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