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The Wembley showdown will be the likeable manager’s 569th match in charge of the Devon club and if they chalk up win number 215 of his reign, Exeter will be back in Sky Bet League One for the first time since 2011/12.

Last time they claimed their place in the third tier, they did so by finishing second in League Two in 2008/09, which came 12 months after they won the National League Play-Off Final.

But this will be the first EFL Play-Off Final the club have played in and it is fitting that the iconic Tisdale will lead the Grecians out on this landmark occasion.

Here’s the top 10 longest-serving EFL managers, ordered by date of appointment:

Rank Manager Club Appointed
1 Paul Tisdale Exeter City 06/06
2
Jim Bentley
Morecambe
05/11
3
Gareth Ainsworth
Wycombe Wanderers
09/12
4
Neal Ardley
AFC Wimbledon
10/12
5
Mick McCarthy
Ipswich Town
11/12
6
Keith Hill
Rochdale
01/13
7
Simon Grayson
Preston North End
02/13
8
Phil Brown
Southend United
03/13
9
Darrell Clarke
Bristol Rovers
03/14
10 Michael Appleton
Oxford United
07/14


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