Premier League managerial changes set up thrilling season
With new managers at some of the Premier League's top clubs, the 2013/14 campaign guarantees excitement
The release of next season's fixtures has many of us looking forward to the 2013/14 Premier League season - and the number of changes next season will ensure that it will be one to remember.
Here are the most notable changes so far.
David Moyes | Manchester United
The obvious one. David Moyes is been faced with the almost impossible task of following the greatest, and, as he will be more than aware of, managing Manchester United is no easy task.
There will be many ups and downs, especially during his first season, but given a chance, Moyes is the man to succeed Ferguson and carry on his success.
Promising stability and decent transfers, Moyes seems to have been made for the Manchester United job from day one. And being Sir Alex Ferguson's first - and, by the looks of it, only - choice, Moyes will have received all the encouragement he needs.
Jose Mourinho | Chelsea
The Special One has returned to Chelsea. His falling out with Roman Abramovich six years ago was no secret, and it is impossible to believe that all of it is now water under the bridge.
However, Mourinho promises a lot of what Abramovich wants: trophies and glory. Under his first spell at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho was enormously successful, and many believe he will prove to be again.
Whilst there are hints of bitterness within him about not being Ferguson's first choice for the United job, Mourinho is back at Chelsea - and that in itself would be enough to start the countdown to the season.
Manuel Pellegrini | Manchester City
Perhaps the worst kept secret in football this summer, Pellegrini replaced Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
Mancini's sacking may have been harsh, but Pellegrini has promised the club's owners of Manchester City that he will be able to bring them back the league and - something Mancini inevitably failed to do - Champions League glory.
It's not going to be an easy promise to fulfil, especially with the roundabout of managers that are coming in, but if there has ever been a time to come in as a manager of a top club, it is now.
Roberto Martinez | Everton
Whilst Everton will not be challenging for trophies, Roberto Martinez has also been faced with a tough task: to emulate the success that David Moyes achieved at Everton.
The club came agonisingly close to European football last season, and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright told the press of Martinez's promise to deliver Champions League football to the club.
There is no doubt that Martinez is an extremely good manager; he managed to succeed in keeping in Wigan in the top-flight for so long, and also guided the club to an FA Cup victory. Martinez's current priority will be to keep hold of the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines - and, most importantly for the blue side of Merseyside, finish above Liverpool.
All these changes ensure that next season will be one of the most open races for trophies and titles we have seen in England for a long time.
Arsenal and Tottenham will also be challenging for the Champions League spots - which will be made all the more interesting depending on the way in which the Gareth Bale saga unravels.
Arsene Wenger will be keen to take advantage of an eight-year trophy drought and there will be no better opportunity for him to do so. And the cherry on the cake? Press conferences from Jose Mourinho, Paulo di Canio and Ian Holloway in the same league. Entertainment right there.
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