The 2013/14 Premier League season promises to be a more intriguing spectacle than that of recent seasons. There seems to be a changing of the guard in managerial terms. With four of the top six teams - Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton - changing their managers.
Manchester United will be likely to go through some sort of transitional period during the early stages of next season. With the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the stability of which the club has been built on in recent seasons is no longer there.
David Moyes seems to embody similar values to his predecessor, yet when someone leaves after 26 years in charge there will naturally be a gaping hole to fill. This means there could be an opportunity for other teams to mount a genuine title challenge against the 2012/13 league winners. But the question is, what do they need to mount a genuine challenge?
With the departure of Roberto Mancini, there could also be an issue of stability with City as well. In spite of the consistent messages from City that they are searching for a stable and well run long-term club, they have done just what Chelsea have become renowned for - don’t win a trophy and you’re fired! Hardly a long-term policy. In order to challenge for the Premier League next year, they will need to invest in the squad yet again and invest in a new manager for the long-term.
Quite simply where other clubs need to maintain stability, Chelsea need to find some. They sacked Roberto Di Matteo in 2012, the same year that he amazingly won the Champions League against all the odds. Like everyone else they will need to invest in their squad and if they get Jose Mourinho as their manager as widespread reports suggest following his Real Madrid exit, then they could present a long-term challenge.
They have fallen off the pace with other title challengers for many a year, yet from all of the messages coming out of the club there seems to be change afoot. Throughout the papers there seems to be a large amount of money flowing around - a new sponsorship deal with Emirates worth £30m-a-year, a kit deal with Puma on the horizon worth another £30m-a-year, plus a signing on bonus. When combined with the £123.5m in reserve, Arsene Wenger could be about to embark on his first big spending summer with the Gunners. If this new money is invested in the squad then they could become genuine title contenders once again.
They invested heavily in the summer yet failed to make the Champions League this season. They are still a long way off from challenging for the league title but if they invest in top quality players and keep Gareth Bale, then they could become a force in a couple of years. But for the 2013/14 season, I just don’t see them being a title contender.
Not a realistic contender for one of the four Champions League spaces, let alone the league title. The departure of David Moyes could hurt their performances and it wouldn't be a total surprise to see the Toffees get stuck in a rut and struggle in next season's Premier League.
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