The Premier League just becomes more and more exciting doesn’t it? It is very rare for there not to be something worth talking about when it comes to football in England and that can only be good for English football.
At a time where the Bundesliga has gone back to its former glory in stature and Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate La Liga - the Premier League seems to be pushed to the wayside by foreign football fans.
But the Premier League is much more exciting as Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all have different managers for the coming Premier League season.
Sir Alex Ferguson retired leaving a legacy at Manchester United – those are some huge boots for David Moyes to fill - and Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini a year after winning they won the Premier League.
The biggest storyline of them all is probably whether Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea will enjoy a long honeymoon period, or end in tears quite abruptly.
I personally have always believed that the reason the turnover of managers at Chelsea is simply because Abramovich was seeking another Mourinho.
Now that the stars have aligned and Mourinho is back as manager I think it’s safe to say that Abramovich has realised there’s only one Special One.
Many people criticise Mourinho for the way he bounces around between clubs, winning then leaving, winning then leaving, winning then leaving.
This was always Mourinho’s plan: Win the big trophies, and then settle down at a club. Chelsea is where I see him settling, if you’ve followed his career you can tell there’s something in his voice whenever he would talk about Chelsea.
No reason to believe he will be going anywhere any time soon and I also have no reason to believe that he cannot be successful with the Blues.
Manchester City’s owners have completely missed the boat in sacking Mancini.
Yes City have regressed a little this season, but not even Chelsea had immediate success after the influx of money that Abramovich brought. Remember Manchester City were a mere mid-table side before Sheik Mansour’s money, Chelsea were already in the Champions League.
Aside from one season at Fiorentina in which Mancini averaged not much over a point a game, he’s averaging more points per game than Pellegrini, more goals per game than Pellegrini and his sides concede fewer goals per game than Pellegrini.
Mancini has winning pedigree: he’s won the Copa Italia (four times), Serie A (three times), the FA Cup, and the Premier League while Pellegrini last won a title in 2002/03 with River Plate in Argentina.
Pellegrini enjoyed a very good season with Real Madrid and fell just short of Barcelona, even though he amassed 96 points in La Liga that season - so we know he can manage a team with big egos and he can handle the pressures the spotlight brings.
What we don’t know is if he can be the person who transforms Manchester City into the perennial winners that Sheikh Mansour craves them to be.
If you were Moyes right now, how would you feel on top of the world? You’ve managed Preston North End and Everton, you’ve never won any significant silverware in your managerial career and you have an pretty embarrassing track recordsin England’s cup competitions.
All of a sudden you’re manager of Manchester United.
You go from Marouane Felliani and Johnny Heitinga to Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa, Nani and Antonio Valencia. Not just that – look at all the money you have to spend!
Moyes’s appointment by Manchester United wasn’t exactly a sexy one, but it was clear Manchester United wanted a British manager to take the reins after Ferguson retired and Moyes was the best person available.
I’m more skeptical about Moyes than I am about whether Mourinho or Pellegrini could be successful with their respective clubs.
Moyes has never managed at this level; he has never managed these kinds of players, he has never had to deal with the politics that come with being at one of the biggest (if not the biggest) clubs in the world and he’s never, ever, ever had to deal with the media spotlight as much as he will have to now.
Manchester United have the quality to retain their Championship but as Ryan Giggs recently said – it’s harder to retain a Championship than it is to win one.
I don’t think United will fall rapidly this season, whether you like Moyes’ appointment or not think: he was hand picked by the greatest football manager who has ever lived in Ferguson.
Moyes has the biggest challenge of all three new managers and has the biggest task ahead of him, too.
This season’s 'reboot' is going to make the Premier League even more interesting.
There are always big story lines every year, but this season is already shaping up to be a cracker with story lines like: Can Moyes deal with the pressure?
Will Pellegrini stablise Manchester City? And can Jose Mourinho bring back the dominant, pragmatic Chelsea side that were unbeaten at home during his first tenure at Stamford Bridge?
Not a bad start, is it?
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