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Average football manager in England lasts 1.23 years

Arsene Wenger is very much the exception. Credit: PA

The instability of life as a football manager has been laid out in stark detail by the League Managers' Association, who on Friday revealed the average tenure in the English game is just 1.23 years.

For bosses in the Championship, where there were 20 dismissals in the recently-completed season, the average spell in charge is even lower, at 0.86 years.

There were 47 manager dismissals in the 2014-15 season, the most since the 2001-02 campaign when 53 were sacked.

Arsene Wenger continues to buck the trend, having managed Arsenal for 18.67 years and 1,065 matches.

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Southampton forward Sadio Mané scores hat-trick in less than three minutes, breaks Premier League record

Southampton midfielder Sadio Mané scored the fastest-ever Premier League hat-trick against Aston Villa.

Mané completed his hat-trick in two minutes and 56 seconds as the Saints made a sensational start against Tim Sherwood's side at St Mary's Stadium.

The Senegal international's quickfire three-goal haul bettered the league's previous best of four minutes and 33 seconds set by Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler against Arsenal in 1994.

Mane was surprised to hear of his achievement after the match but insisted the result meant more after a run of four league matches without a win.

He told BT Sport: "It's great. But I think more important for me was the victory and we got that, so I'm happy for the team and the fans.

"We have a chance (to reach Europe) and we'll try to win the next game. It won't be easy but we'll keep going and try to win that next game.

"We have a great team.The last few weeks were not easy but we had to work every day and finally we got the victory."

Pellegrini standing firm at Man City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced he will still be in charge at the Etihad Stadium next season despite a relatively poor campaign.

There has been a fresh outbreak of reports linking Bayern boss Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti with the City job but Pellegrini has not even sought assurances from the club over his future.

Asked if he had spoken to his paymasters about where he stands at City, Pellegrini said: "I don't have to talk about it.

"I have my own future so clear - (and did) so many years ago - it doesn't matter."

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