If ever there was a time for the traditional dominant teams of the Premier League to change it is now. 

Unbelievably, the probable top three placed teams: Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, will all have a new man in charge at their club come August and the new season. 

Everton, guaranteed to finish sixth, will also be looking for a new manager, after David Moyes took the toughest job in football, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Will these changes usurp what has been a fairly consistent top four over the last decade or so?

Will they provide a chance for Liverpool to reclaim their position towards the top of the league, or will Arsenal and Tottenham have a chance to make a genuine title challenge? All of these appear feasible, certainly until it becomes clear how those with new managers make it to Christmas.

There is of course no doubting the quality of the players at each of these clubs, and there is also the fact that the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea have all experienced recent success, and are able to finance and (for City and Chelsea) attract the very best managers available to their club. 

But there is also always the chance that Moyes will just not live up to the legend that preceded him. I have seen a lot of talk about how he is “similar to Sir Alex”, but it is essential that he puts his own stamp on to that team, and that he makes it his team. 

He should of course, not aim to be a Fergie Mark II. Unless he is going to become the greatest manager of all time, he can only hope to have a fraction of the success United have been used to. 

He has to move away from that and ensure they never drop out of the top four, and remain competitive for the big trophies.

Manchester City are a slightly different matter, they are primed to become one of the biggest teams in the world and are looking to put in place someone who can achieve that. 

They are strongly rumoured to be looking at Manuel Pellegrini, who has enjoyed solid success in La Liga. Pellegrini is an excellent coach, but he has never won a league title in Europe, and has limited association to British football. 

These were two problems Roberto Mancini didn’t have, and yet he didn’t cut it. It is hard to say the Chilean doesn’t deserve a chance, but his appointment would also come with a significant risk.

Of the three teams discussed, Chelsea are perhaps the most likely to profit from the situation, especially if Jose Mourinho returns. This is a manager that knows the club, knows the league, and knows how to win. 

He could provide a seamless transition from the maligned Rafa Benitez, and be in a strong position to capitalise on any dwindling Manchester influence to challenge for the title.

And though, as previously discussed, this may be an opportunity for the Tottenham's and Liverpool's of this world, it could also mean that there are several teams with spending power looking to make a marquee signing for their new manager. 

Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez may be inviting propositions for such clubs, including of course a Real Madrid with a new manager of their own. 

Everton may need to flash the money a little to attract a high profile manager – they were a team built in the mold of the departing Moyes – and it is debatable whether replacements such as ex-striker Duncan Ferguson, or recently relegated Roberto Martinez, will ensure the continued success Moyes had helped establish.

 

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