Moyes v Mourinho: Who is doing the best job?

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We  are fast approaching the new 13/14 Premier League season and the clubs and fans who have welcomed their new respective managers will  be getting used to life with their new leader.

Five clubs have brought in new managers in time for the new season.  David Moyes left Everton and joined Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management. To replace David Moyes, Everton brought in Roberto Martinez from Wigan, after Stoke CIty sacked Tony Pulis, they brought in former QPR boss Mark Hughes. 

Man City brought in Manuel Pellegrini after they parted ways with Roberto Mancini and finally Rafael Benitez finished his stint at Chelsea as interim manager and has since been replaced by the 'Special One' Jose Mourinho who claims he has returned 'home'.

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)

Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea for his second stint as manger of the London club;  he was welcomed back with open arms by the Chelsea faithful as well as the players . Mourinho has spent his time at two clubs since last leaving Chelsea, by mutual consent, on September 20th 2007. 

Mourinho took charge of Inter Milan in June 2008 and won the Seria A and the Italian super cup in his first season, the following season he did the domestic double, winning the league and the Coppa Italia. 

Mourinho then moved on from Inter Milan to Real Madrid in May 2010. where,  in his first season as manager he won the Copa Del Rey against arch rivals Barcelona and then the following season he won the La Liga.

However,  Mourinho's last season as manager wasn't successful -  he didn't win anything and fell out with players, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos. He described his last season at Real Madrid as his worst ever.

Since arriving back at Chelsea,  Mourinho has brought in 4 new players, Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer and two young players, Marco Van Ginkel and Cristian Cuevas. As well as these four players, Mourinho has named his main target as none other than Wayne Rooney after having a bid rejected.

Record since being back at Chelsea:

Wednesday 17th July vs Singha All-Stars 1-0 Win 

Sunday 21st July vs Malaysia XI 4-1 Win

Thursday 25th July vs BNI Indonesia All-Stars 8-1 Win

Roberto Martinez (Everton) 

Roberto Martinez has finally left his beloved Wigan after sticking by them through thick and thin, succeeding in many great escapes and rejecting interest from various different job offers.  He has now moved to the 'blue' part of Merseyside.  After David Moyes left Everton it seemed as if Everton only had Martinez in mind to be his successor.  

Martinez has made his name in management whilst in his previous job at Wigan Athletic

between 2009 and 2013 after leaving his first club Swansea City.

In Martinez's first season in charge (09/10), Wigan finished 16th with a rather inconsistent season finishing six points above the relegation zone, but Wigan fans were happy as long as they remained in the Premier League.

The next season (10/11) Wigan finished 16th again but this time they were only three points above the drop zone. The following season (11/12) Wigan came 15th in another great escape from relegation finishing 6 points off Championship football.

The final season of Martinez's reign involved a lot of mixed emotions after Wigan won the FA Cup in a match against Manchester City on  but then, only three days later,  the fans were having to accept their Championship status. May 11th

Since coming onto the scene at Everton, Martinez has made three permanent signings and one loan signing. The three new permanent signings include two of Martinez's players he brought in at Wigan, Antolin Alcaraz and  Arouna Kone.

Kone cost Everton around £6 million and Alcaraz was a free agent after not signing a new contract at Wigan. The other permanent signing was Athletico Madrid's young goalkeeper, Joel Robles,  who signed with Everton for a fee of around three and a half million pounds. Martinez has also brought in 19 year old Gerard Deulofeu on loan from European giants Barcelona;  Deulofeu can play up front and on the wing and has excited fans in Spain. 

Record since being at Everton:

Sunday 14th July vs Austria Vienna 2-1 Loss

Wednesday 17th July vs Accrington Stanley 4-1 Win

Saturday 27th July vs Blackburn Rovers 3-1 win

David Moyes (Manchester United)

The football world was stunned at the end of the 12/13 season when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management. After weeks of speculation and people wondering who is going to be the man to replace arguably the best manager ever. 

On the 9th May 2013, David Moyes was announced as Manchester United's next manager and would officially start work in July 2013. Moyes had always been a man that a lot of people have seen fit to take the Manchester United job when Ferguson decided his time was up but there has  been some negative talk about his European credentials because he doesn't have any, leaving a selection of Man Utd fans worried about their chances in Europe. 

Moyes has really made his name, one that is respected in football,  with the work he has done at Everton with a limited budget and how he has spent that budget. Moyes' league positions have been somewhat impressive,  keeping up with clubs in and around sixth and eighth.

Moyes was poached by Everton in March 2002 from Preston North End after narrowly missing out on getting Preston into the top flight. One of the main attractions for the Toffees will have been the way he transformed Preston on a tight budget whilst also turning the club around at the same time, this is something Moyes was to do at Everton also in the coming years.

Moyes saved Everton from relegation in his first few games that drew his first quarter of a season to an end (2001/02). A season later (02/03) Moyes was named Manager of the Year for his performances in the league which saw Everton on the brink of Europe, the next season (03/04) was what you would call a yo-yo season for the Toffees going up and down the table,  only just saving themselves from relegation. The down times kept coming during the transfer window as Moyes lost his star striker Wayne Rooney to Manchester United.

Moyes did a great job the following season (04/05), turning Rooney's departure into a positive, spurring them onto an impressive 4th spot finish. Moyes was named Manager of the Year for the second time in three seasons.  

A rough season was to follow after the glorious finish in the 04/05 season. There were some abysmal displays in Europe during the 05/06 season which put Moyes under a lot of pressure as the team finished 11th in the league, but he remained as Everton manager. 

The next seven seasons as manager of Everton saw Moyes cement a spot in the top half and are now considered real European spot contenders. 

Since arriving at Manchester United Moyes has got straight to work, removing all of Ferguson's first team coaching staff in order to bring in his old Everton coaching staff.

Moyes has only brought in one new player this season so far and that is youngster Guillermo Varela, he is 20 years of age, plays right back and was signed from CA Penarol Montevideo for a fee of around £1.5 million. 

Although Moyes has only officially signed one player, it seems as if that is going to change at some point in this window. Moyes has publicly announced his interest in former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas,  although Barcelona have said he is not for sale.  Moyes' Man Utd have also been linked to Europe's most wanted, Gareth Bale.

Record since being at Man Utd:

Saturday 13th July vs Singha All Stars XI 1-0 Loss

Saturday 20th July vs A-League All Stars 5-1 Win

Tuesday 23rd July vs Yokohama F Marinos 3-2 Loss

Friday 26th July vs Cerezo Osaka 2-2 Draw

Monday 29th July vs Kitchee 5-2 win

Mark Hughes (Stoke City)

Mark Hughes is the successor of long term manager Tony Pulis at Stoke City, Hughes' last job was at Queens Park Rangers where he really struggled to get anything going.

Pulis did a great job at Stoke to get them into the Premier League and cement them in the top flight but Stoke City fans and the board were getting tired of the route one football and decided to go in a different direction with Hughes.

In September 2004, Mark Hughes was named the new Blackburn Rovers manager. In his first season (04/05) he guided them to the FA Cup semifinals and this was before he took his team to sixth spot in the Premier League the following season. (05/06)

Hughes' career was taking off fast and in 2008 he took his biggest job yet and a much bigger challenge than any he had faced before in his managerial career. His new job would see him replacing former England manager Sven-Goran Erikson.

The former Man Utd striker brought in players such as Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta (two players that are still in the City starting 11) but these signings were made two months before City were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Investment Group. 

The leader of this takeover was Sheikh Mansour's and he didn't take long to allow Hughes to splash out on Brazilian star Robinho for £32.5 million. 

In December 2009 Hughes was fired after a run of just two wins in 11 league matches and replaced by Roberto Mancini.

From leaving Man City to now, Hughes has had a spell at Fulham where he got them an eighth place finish and left after 11 months in charge claiming he wanted to further his experiences. 

He 'furthered his experiences' in January 2012 at Premier League Queens Park Rangers, taking over from Neil Warnock and eventually was successful in keeping them up. Hughes started his next season in dreadful fashion after spending millions in the transfer window and with no wins in 12 he was sacked.

Since joining Stoke City Mark Hughes has made two signings, spending a total of £3.2 million.  Eric Pieters was the only signing that cost any money, he signed from PSV Eindhoven and plays left back. The other signing was Marc Muniesa who was brought in on a free.

Record since being at Stoke City:

Wednesday 24th July vs Houston Dynamo 2-0 Loss

Saturday 27th July vs FC Dallas 2-0 Win

Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

Manuel Pellegrini is the man that has replaced former boss Roberto Mancini at Man City. He finished the last year of his contract at Malaga FC last season and decided to go elsewhere instead of staying on in Spain.

Man City is Pellegrini's 13th club as a manager. His most successful stint at a club came at Villarreal. 

In his first season at Villarreal (04/05) he secured a third place finish in La Liga and qualification for the Champions League. In that same season Villarreal got to the quarter final stages of the UEFA Cup.  

The following season (05/06) Pellegrini's side got to the semi-finals of the Champions League, this must have taken it out of the team as they then finished seventh in La Liga.

The next two seasons showed Villarreal finishing fifth (06/07) and second (07/08). The following season (08/09) saw Villarreal reach the quarter finals of the Champions league to then be drawn against Arsenal again and bow out. 

At the start of June 2009 Pellegrini left Villarreal and joined Spanish giants, Real Madrid. His time at Real Madrid was extremely brief and unsuccessful even though they achieved a club record points total of 98 and still finished runner up to Barcelona. 

Pellegrini was fired by Madrid in June 2010 and after lots of thinking, he went back into management in November in charge of Malaga. In his first full season(11/12) in charge Pellegrini lead Malaga to fourth in La Liga with a record breaking 58 points.

Malaga the following season reached the quarter finals of the Champions league,  eventually being knocked out by Borussia Dortmund by two stoppage time goals.

Since arriving at Manchester City Pellegrini has made four signings for an overall value of £87 million. Jesus Navas from Sevilla for around £17 million, Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk for £35 million, Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla for £22 million and finally Stevan Jovetic from AC Fiorentina again for £22 million. 

Pellegrini has said that there will be even  more  spending  and have  already spent more than any other English team.

Record since being at Man City:

Sunday 14th July vs Supersport Utd 2-0 Loss

Thursday 18th July vs AmaZulu FC 2-1 Loss 

Wednesday 24th July vs South China 1-0 Win

Saturday 27th July vs Sunderland 1-0 Win


All of the managers above will set out varying targets for the 2013-14 Premier League season.  However, one thing they will all have in common is pressure. Previous regimes at all of these clubs were successful and in most cases involved a long reign, most notably the 27 years Sir Alex Ferguson served at Manchester United.

How these managers can cope with the pressure may well be the determining factor in how they surpass the expectations from the board and fans, which, quite possibly, may be a result of their predecessor's work.

We are fast approaching the new 13/14 premier league season and the club and fans who have welcomed their new managers will start to be getting used to life with their new leader. 


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