Have we seen the last suit-wearing Premier League-winning manager on the touchline?

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Pep Guardiola struck another blow for the smart casual football manager when Manchester City lifted the Premier League title last season, and it is now five seasons since the champions had a suit-wearing boss on the sidelines.

That was Antonio Conte and Chelsea in 2017 and it might be a long wait for the next one, with Conte one of only two top-flight bosses whose matchday wear is a suit (the other being Brendan Rodgers).

Suits dominate the Premier League era

Sir Aelx Ferguson Man Utd trophy at Blackpool May11
Sir Aelx Ferguson Man Utd trophy at Blackpool May11

Prior to the 2017/18 season, the Premier League title had always been won by a team whose manager wore a suit on the sidelines.

Granted, the majority of those were Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, but we also had the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti among the suit-wearing bosses.

Season

Champions

Manager

Touchline attire

1992/93

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

1993/94

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

1994/95

Blackburn

Sir Kenny Dalglish

Suit

1995/96

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

1996/97

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

1997/98

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Suit

1998/99

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

1999/00

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2000/01

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2001/02

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Suit

2002/03

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2003/04

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Suit

2004/05

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho

Suit

2005/06

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho

Suit

2006/07

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2007/08

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2008/09

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2009/10

Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti

Suit

2010/11

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2011/12

Man City

Roberto Mancini

Suit

2012/13

Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson

Suit

2013/14

Man City

Manuel Pellegrini

Suit

2014/15

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho

Suit

2015/16

Leicester

Claudio Ranieri

Suit

2016/17

Chelsea

Antonio Conte

Suit

2017/18

Man City

Pep Guardiola

Smart casual

2018/19

Man City

Pep Guardiola

Smart casual

2019/20

Liverpool

Juregn Klopp

Tracksuit

2020/21

Man City

Pep Guardiola

Smart casual

2021/22

Man City

Pep Guardiola

Smart casual

Pep's Manchester City years

Pep Guardiola Man City August 2016
Pep Guardiola Man City August 2016

It was a blueprint Pep was keen to follow when he took over at the Etihad in 2016. The Spaniard wore a suit for the duration of a campaign which saw City finish third, 15 points behind champions Chelsea.

Guardiola addressed his team's defensive issues in the summer and it was a different Manchester City that emerged for the 2017/18 campaign, and a different Pep.

Gone was the suit, replaced at Brighton for chinos, white T-shirt and trainers. It was a blueprint that was to last the season, with a white round-necked T-shirt replacing the collared one worn at the Amex and a dark, round-necked sweater and jacket for chillier days. Dark chinos replaced the lighter ones as we entered autumn.

Pep Guardiola Man City Brighton smart casual
Pep Guardiola Man City Brighton smart casual
Pep Guardiola Man City jardigan
Pep Guardiola Man City jardigan

Title duly delivered, Pep got bolder in November 2018, introducing the Premier League to the 'jardigan', a woolly jacket cardigan hybrid that saw him through most of another championship-winning season. Thankfully, it was gone for the next campaign (though a dark blue version did make a brief return in 2020).

2019/20 was then the season of the heavily pocketed trouser, first introduced as part of a dress-down-day at the office ensemble at Bournemouth.

Useful for carrying all manner of nick-nacks, they weren't so adept at picking up points, with Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp becoming the first tracksuit-wearing manager to lift the Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola Man City hat snood
Pep Guardiola Man City hat snood
Pep Guardiola Man City 2022
Pep Guardiola Man City 2022

Smart casual again won the day in 2020/21 as Guardiola and City regained the title but rather like a partner who has got comfortable in their relationship and let their standards slip, so too has Pep, eschewing the chino, T-shirt, sweater uniform which has served him so well for the majority of his time at the Etihad for anything he can pick up with a staff discount at the club shop. Man City logos now feature heavily on his clothing and it's a push to call last season's style smart casual. He'd struggle to get in a nightclub, let's put it that way, even if he is now wearing shoes.

Next season's Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Antonio Conte
Tottenham Hotspur Manager Antonio Conte

New boys Bournemouth, Fulham and Nottingham Forest are all coming up with managers whose style is very much smart casual, though Scott Parker will surely have banished his much-maligned coat from two seasons ago to the back of his wardrobe.

Erik ten Hag is also of the smart casual persuasion, leaving Antonio Conte and Tottenham and Brendan Rodgers at Leicester to keep the flag flying for suit-wearing managers (and even Conte doesn't wear a suit for every game).

As for Pep, who has gone from wearing a suit through smart casual to club shop wear, the next stage is surely sweat pants, vest and sliders. Especially if that vest comes complete with a club logo.

Club

Manager

Touchline attire

AFC Bournemouth

Scott Parker

Smart casual

Arsenal

Mikel Arteta

Smart casual

Aston Villa

Steven Gerrard

Smart casual

Brentford

Thomas Frank

Smart casual

Brighton

Graham Potter

Smart casual

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel

Tracksuit

Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira

Smart casual

Everton

Frank Lampard

Smart casual

Fulham

Marco Silva

Smart casual

Leeds

Jesse Marsch

Smart casual

Leicester

Brendan Rodgers

Suit

Liverpool

Juregn Klopp

Tracksuit

Man City

Pep Guardiola

Smart casual

Man Utd

Erik ten Hag

Smart casual

Newcastle

Eddie Howe

Tracksuit

Nottm For

Steve Cooper

Smart casual

Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl

Tracksuit

Tottenham

Antonio Conte

Suit

West Ham

David Moyes

Tracksuit

Wolves

Bruno Lage

Tracksuit

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