Premier League 2013/14: Expect the unexpected
With almost every club strengthening their squads this summer, the 2013/14 season could prove to be a great one
Manchester United were crowned champions yet again last season, finishing the campaign eleven points above nearest rivals Manchester City.
Furthermore, Reading, who finished in 19th, were also eleven points off of their target; which was Premier League survival.
The aforementioned facts prove that both the title race and the battle against relegation were not exactly a close-run last day phenomenon, however, clubs that are expected to finish at both the top and bottom of the table have been extremely active in this summer transfer window so far.
Three of the top four clubs from last season have changed their manager, hundreds of millions of pounds have been spent and we're only halfway through the transfer window. United's main rival, Manchester City have already splashed out over £90million, bringing in the likes of Fernandihno, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic.
Chelsea have been active as well, claiming the signatures of Marco Van Ginkel and the highly rated Andre Schurlle.
Whilst at the other end of the table, Southampton have signed some very reputable players, including former Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, Norwich have been building upon their already solid squad, bringing in Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer, newly promoted Cardiff have been heavily linked with French international Etienne Capoue, showing the impact they intend to have on the Premier League this year. Moreover, Sunderland have been the busiest club in the league so far, with a total of nine signings.
The return of the 'Special One' and the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson have been the major talking points this summer, many pundits believe that these two managerial alterations will have a huge impact on the title race next season, some have even suggested this could spell the end of Man United's stranglehold on the Premier League. However, the return of Jose Mourihno may not be as rosy as some Blues fans would hope; managers second spells are famed for ending in disaster, take 'King Kenny', he won three league titles in his six year stay first time round, in his second stint, he was there for just over a year, and finished in eighth place.
Furthermore, Howard Kendall, Everton's most successful manager, won four major trophies and three charity shields during his six years at the club between 1981 and 1987, when he returned in 1990, he stayed for three years, winning nothing, and when he came back for a third time in 1997, it was even more of a calamity, as he was manager for less than a year!
I predict that Manchester City will win the league next year, I also think that Hull, Crystal Palace and Stoke will get relegated; but only one thing is for sure, the 2013/14 campaign will be thoroughly exciting and hopefully provide many twists and turns throughout.
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