A summer of change is upon us, as four of the EPL’s top six teams will have new managers for the start of the 2013-14 season.
With Jose Mourinho arriving at Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini edging closer to being in charge at Manchester City, Roberto Martinez in talks with Everton and David Moyes ready to rock at Old Trafford, plenty of EPL teams are heading for fresh starts this summer.
But which new EPL manager will prove to be the best appointment?
Talk about opening up a can of worms. But anyway… here it goes.
Mourinho’s arrival back at Chelsea has happened swiftly and decisively, fans are happy, players are happy and the vast majority of EPL fans will be delighted to see the “Special One” return.
His main aim should be to win the league title, something Chelsea haven’t done since 2010 when Carlo Ancelotti delivered the double. Mourinho’s boys will start off as favorites, it’s hard to see him not being successful.
Elsewhere, Pellegrini is almost officially in at City, with Jesus Navas already signed from Sevilla it seems as if the Chilean manager is already having his say behind the scenes on transfers. Manchester City’s owners will demand instant results from Pellegrini, with perhaps success on the European stage the most pressing issue. Just getting out of the group stages would be an improvement, but maybe a semifinal spot would satisfy the City hierarchy.
Roberto Martinez has perhaps the toughest job, if he does take over at Everton as expected. Wigan Athletic and the Toffees have agreed compensation and it is understood that Martinez will meet Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright in the next few days to hammer out a deal. Martinez has to try and improve on a sixth-place finish and win over Everton’s fans after David Moyes’ 11 year stay. Not easy at all.
And speaking of Moyes, he has become somewhat of a forgotten man after Mourinho’s return to the EPL and the ongoing saga’s regarding Pellegrini and Martinez. But the Scot will love that, as he quietly starts to plan United’s assault on EPL and European success next season. The 50-year-old will want to hit the ground running and sign three or four new players to stamp his authority on the team.
With Mourinho getting a heroes return, the honeymoon period in West London could carry over throughout next season. Moyes will have to work hard to deliver a league title in his first season at Old Trafford.
The new managers won’t have it easy, but boy it will be fun to look on next season as they find their feet in new surroundings.