Premier League: Summer transfer window preview
Manchester United, Manchester City & Chelsea will all be heavily active this summer
As the average football fans favourite time of the year approaches, the intrigued fan looks on to what could prove to be one of the most event filled transfer windows in recent history.
Before the season is over, the managers currently at the helm of the top three clubs in England will likely be replaced. One has been at the helm for 26 years, longer than the lifespan of most of his team, the rest most likely too young to remember.
One steps out of an 'Interim' role which has never quite suited him, and the other felt the full force of failing to bring in enough silverware for the fortunes he's spent.
With this in mind, three top jobs will become available, three of the most coveted and difficult jobs in English football.
First off, we have Manchester United, who acted firmly and decisively to end speculation by appointing David Moyes their successor to one of Britain’s greatest managers.
Ironically over a long period of holiday for the footballing nation Moyes will have no time to rest. He will be given one of the most difficult tasks in football, improving the champions of England. As seen before with Carlo Ancelotti's double winning Chelsea and the Manchester City of last season improvements must be made or the firm hold you have on football will soon fade out.
There is no doubt United have a squad capable of giving any team a run for their money but improvements must be made if success is to continue. With an average age of 27.2 United may see their squad as not needing drastic changes but with preparation comes success and success is something engraved into United's blood.
This may be time for United to consider the successors of players like Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, and captain Nemanja Vidic. All key cornerstones to United's domination of the past decade but also now the wrong side of 30.
With this it's not all gloom and bloom for the former Everton manager. Players such as Phil Jones, David De Gea, Rafael and Danny Welbeck are young and hungry for success. Moyes job must be to nurture and continue to involve these as much as possible to build a new spine to a Manchester United team entering a new decade.
Then we move on to Manchester City, who sealed second place in the Premier League against Reading and put behind an embarrassing upset at the hands of Wigan behind them.,
Roberto Mancini was brought in to replace Mark Hughes in December 2009. As he ended the season trophyless it appears the cut throat ownership saw his demise. Two trophies in Three-and-a-half seasons along with a lack of ability to get anywhere in Europe’s meant Mancini saw an end to his involvement with the Citizens.
As mentioned before success should be followed by squad evolution and that's just what Mancini had in mind last summer. However, it didn't work out for the Italian as by his own admission he missed out on key summer targets and was left to settle with second best.
Uninspiring performances by Scott Sinclair and Maicon who both look to of not settled in the City team as well as injuries to promising starlet Jack Rodwell have undermined Mancini's team as far as improvement goes. He will argue as many others would if all had gone right for Mancini he may of retained his title.
However, excuses may be up for a City side who at times haven't shown to gel properly as a unit. The new manager better have a plan for producing the best out of his players and making the most of a torrid transfer market.
Finally, we move on the management merry go round found in southwest London.
Chelsea under Roman Abramovich have had 10 men sit in the dug out and as the tough to please Russian billionaire is set to line up his latest managerial appointment, the vibe at Stamford Bridge is a somewhat special one.
Although as of yet unconfirmed Chelsea look set to appoint the man who won back-to-back titles with the club, Jose Mourinho. He will succeed the man who succeeded him at Inter Milan and by most fans, would be welcomed back with open arms, but what issues does Mourinho face at Chelsea?
Those players who Mourinho built a squad around before have now either left or look to be in very unstable positions. Both Frank Lampard and John Terry lack to influence they once had.
So does Mourinho need a complete change? Not quite, the transition of the old guard to new is well under way, Mourinho has the tough choice of whether he should let the old guard go or wreak the benefits of experience and understanding of the importance of the club.
He also faces bringing the best out of his strikers and will no doubt be determined to add to in the transfer market. With so much uncertainty for the London club, one thing is certain. Jose Mourinho can bring the best out of a club that's last title win was now three years ago.
The summer will not only be interesting for these three clubs but for many others, how will extravert character Paolo Di Canio strengthen his squad with his first transfer window approaching?
How will new clubs invest in order to sustain their Premier League status? Particularly a well backed eager Cardiff side. What will happen to the remains of an overpaid QPR side? Who will take the Everton job?
All these questions in mind we set up for possibly the most exciting summer in recent history.
So for all of you sad to see the end of football and well aware there is no major international tournament this summer, I can assure you football will not leave your mind this summer.
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