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Premier League: How will the top four fair?

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Mourinho will boost Chelsea's chances. (©GettyImages)
Mourinho will boost Chelsea's chances. (©GettyImages).

 

There are many new managers in the Premier League this season especially for the top four clubs. 

They all have their respective personal ambitions and expectations set by owners who have hired them. 

Although it is not possible for each manager to achieve their goals this season as their aims are very much similar. Hence, the forthcoming season cannot be without any disappointments to at least a manager.

This article will solely focus on the top four managers, their squads, their aims and possible outcomes of worst-case scenarios. It will also suggest the minimal amount of success that will prove acceptable. 

Arsenal

Current longest serving manager in the league Arsene Wenger has been at the helm at Arsenal for 16 years and has won seven major trophies for the Gunners - none of which has come in the past eight years, which has consequentially led to much pressure being put on him by the fans and the media.

However, his employers do not seem too concerned, as they have offered him a contract extension on his current deal that ends in 2014. 

Many consider his “success” to be the constant Champions League places and financial security he has kept Arsenal in despite fiscal limitations due to the move to the new stadium.

If Arsenal complete this season without any silverware it will be just short of a decade since their barren run started. Even if the board members aren't too worried about this situation, Wenger himself may prove hesitant in signing a new deal if Arsenal commences the new season badly. 

It seems Arsene only faces pressure mainly from the fans, which indicates that even if he fails to win any silverware, he’ll probably continue should he choose to.

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea after enduring a turbulent spell with Real Madrid. Having already established a relationship and reputation with the Chelsea fans, his return seems like a fairytale.

Abramovich has extreme desire for immediate success and has previously shown that no manager is immune to his axe regardless of their previous achievements. Jose Mourinho is definitely under immense pressure to win any sort of silverware this season.

His main objective is presumably the Champions League, but Mourinho seems to have personal preferences for the league title due to the difficulties encountered in winning it. 

However, should Mourinho fail to win any silverware this season, it looks unlikely that he will be fired during his ‘first’ season simply because it is his second stint. 

But should he perform extremely woefully like fail to qualify for Champions League or not put a proper challenge to win any title, then he will probably share the same fate as most of his predecessors.

Manchester City

Despite many people claiming that the Manchester City board may have been too harsh in sacking Roberto Mancini last season, they have spent quite a lot of money and as a result demand effective results. 

New manager Manuel Pellegrini has clearly been given a healthy budget to restructure the squad that is evident with the capture of Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.

His main objectives will definitely be to put an effective challenge for the Champions League as the Citizens have been awful in their past campaigns and obviously reclaim the Premier League title from their neighbours.

With infinite resources, Pellegrini has little to no excuse not to perform well this season. Failure virtually means that he will not have a job come the end of the season.

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson regained the Premier League crown from his noisy neighbours and subsequently retired. A very big hole has been left for David Moyes to occupy.

Sir Alex and the board have been keen to provide the new manager time to settle in and therefore will not encounter much pressure to succeed this season. 

Moyes has proved with his 11 years at Everton that he can bring not only loyalty but also consistency to the Red Devils next season. 

Overall, if he succeeds in winning silverware in his inaugural season it will be very much welcomed. 

However, failure does not seem to be the end either and out of all the aforementioned managers, Moyes seems to face the least pressure going into next season.


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