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Question nobody asked - What's best for the premier League -- youth or experience?

Published 16/05/2011 | 05:00

The breakdown between managers in their 40s, 50s and 60s in the Premier League is relatively even, although those at the upper end of the scale are winning the battle of youth versus experience.

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Alex Ferguson is the oldest manager in the league at 69, but three other managers who occupy the top six spots (Arsene Wenger, Kenny Dalglish and Harry Redknapp) are also in their swinging 60s, while Gerard Houllier and Roy Hodgson complete the sextet in their 60s.

The average age for a Premier League manager is 52.8 years and Roberto Martinez (above) is well below that at 37 but, of the bottom six, only Avram Grant is in the category above the average age. Overall there are six in their 60s, six in their 50s and seven in their 40s, with Owen Coyle (44) and Roberto Mancini (46) the best placed of the young brigade.

Irish Independent

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