The Premier League is set to become the most competitive league next season

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Next season, the Premier League will bear witness to the most star-studded list of managers in it's history. 

Premier League teams have been left behind in European competitions in the past few seasons, with most of the attention being around continental giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

These teams also attracted the best players in the world due to their glamour and perennial success in Europe.


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However, things are set to change next season with several high profile managers taking charge of big teams in England and several others already at the helm of current teams. 

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

Current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has signed a contract to join Manchester City next season.

Guardiola has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and has also won multiple league titles with the Catalan club.

He has now won a trio of Bundesliga titles with Bayern following their most recent title success.

Several top clubs were after his signature, but the Spaniard believes that only City have the desire and the funds to get the players that he wants in his team. 

Very few can argue with Guardiola's record as a manager. Not only will City be challenging for the league and the Champions League next season, they will be considered as one of the favorites to win both competitions. 

Antonio Conte - Chelsea

Chelsea have already secured the services of former Juventus boss Antonio Conte to take charge at Stamford Bridge after he fulfills his duties with the Italian national team at Euro 2016. 

Conte won consecutive league titles with Juventus and has brought the best out of players such as Paul Pogba, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo during his time at the club. 

He is a strict disciplinarian and has the ability to keep order in the dressing room which is something that has been lacking at Chelsea. 

The Italian has already met with several of the players and has reportedly convinced the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to remain at the club. He is already looking for potential transfers to bolster Chelsea's squad next season. 

Despite Chelsea's absence from Europe, the prospect of playing for Conte at Stamford Bridge is still a prestigious prospect which might help in bringing in big signings.

Jose Mourinho - Manchester United?

Former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, seems to be close to securing the hot seat at Manchester United, according to the Sun.

The Portugese requires no introduction. Having won the Premier League title on three occasions with Chelsea, he is well-versed in the style of English football and will provide a much needed boost to United.

Considered one of the best managers in the world, Mourinho has won league titles in Portugal, England, Spain and Italy, in addition to leading both Porto and Inter to Champions League glory. 

Having been sacked by Chelsea in December, he might have a point to prove to his former employers, and at United, he will have the perfect opportunity to do that. 

If appointed as manager, he will have a great task on his hands to rebuild the United team.

Arsene Wenger - Arsenal

There is no doubt that Wenger has achieved incredible success with Arsenal, having won three Premier League titles as well as six FA Cups.

However, many observers, including Arsenal fans, have been frustrated with the Frenchman's inability to win major trophies and compete with Europe's best in recent seasons. 

Wenger has continually managed to finish in the top four but has never managed to bother stronger clubs such as Chelsea, United or City. 

If Arsenal stick with Wenger for yet another season, the Frenchman might have to shake his squad up and try to keep the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez from leaving for greener pastures.

Ronald Koeman - Southampton

Koeman has won league titles in the Eredevisie with both Ajax and PSV. He has also managed Bayern Munich. 

He has created a strong team at Southampton and has produced a host of exciting players at the club, such as; Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane. 

Having managed teams in the Champions League, Koeman has the know-how to compete against big teams. However, in order to truly compete with the bigger clubs, there needs to be an injection of big players into the team without the loss of crucial ones. 

Slaven Bilic - West Ham United

The Croatian has done an incredible job at West Ham, potentially taking the Hammers to the brink of the Europa League. 

Under his management, West Ham have had a certain shape to them with key players occupying permanent roles in the team. Players such as Dimitri Payet, Cheikhou Kouyate, Michail Antonio and Enner Valencia have blossomed under Bilic and have played without fear throughout the campaign. 

Midway through the season, there was a slight chance that the Hammers might even break into the top four, but some hiccups have prevented them in doing so. Therefore, Bilic still has some work to do before West Ham is able to compete with the big teams on a regular basis. 

West Ham are a refreshing team to watch and the move to their new Olympic stadium next season will bring added confidence to the team. 

Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool

Liverpool have become a force to reckon with after the arrival of Klopp. The German has brought high energy football to Anfield and has become a favorite with the fans. 

It took some time, but Klopp has finally managed to forge together a team capable of challenging for the top four. The team is more coherent now than the start of the season and are looking to finish the campaign on a high. 

With young and promising players such as Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi at the club, Liverpool's future looks bright. Also, Klopp is looking to reinforce the team and has expressed his desire to bring World Cup winner Mario Gotze to the club

Klopp's passion is synonymous with the electrifying atmosphere at Anfield and it will be interesting to see how the German will match up to the likes of Guardiola, Mourinho and Conte. 

Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham Hotspur

The Argentine has helped Tottenham to finally play to their potential. Spurs have always lived in the shadows of London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. However, this season, they have managed to perform better than both those teams. 

Tottenham have one of the strongest teams in the league, with top scorer Harry Kane and Premier League Young Player of the Year, Dele Alli in their ranks. 

Despite losing the title to Leicester City, Tottenham can be satisfied with their progress, and with the promise of Champions League football next season, they are sure to attract decent talent to the club. 

Pochettino has proven his worth at Southampton and now with Spurs. If he stays at the club for the next few years, Tottenham have the ability to become a force to reckon with. 

Claudio Ranieri - Leicester City

Claudio Ranieri has been the key factor in Leicester's incredible run. The Italian has managed top clubs such as Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter as well as Chelsea.

Therefore, his experience and tactics are going to be key if Leicester are to establish themselves as top four regulars. 

It is of utmost importance that Leicester keep Ranieri as he knows how to compete in big competitions with other top managers. 

Leicester have got themselves Champions League football for next season, and that will attract many players to the club, if not the best players in the world. 

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Guardiola, Mourinho and Conte are going to take charge of arguably the strongest teams in the league - Man City, Man United and Chelsea respectively.

Some would argue that based on the current season, Leicester and Tottenham should be considered as the strongest teams, however, these teams are new to life at the top of the table and only time will tell whether they can continue their success next season.

In any case, it is hard to say which teams might end up in the top four next season, especially if Leicester's example is to be followed. 

All the above managers listed above, could possibly take charge of the top nine teams in the Premier League, which will bring a level of competitiveness to the league, not seen before. 

Who will be considered the best Premier League manager next season? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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