Premier League season review: Story of the Coaches

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All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2015-16 Premier League season.

From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.

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Let’s take a look at the bench bosses for all 20 teams as the Premier League saw successes and failures in the dugouts.

Arsenal Arsene Wenger

The Gunner finished in the Premier League’s second place with a somewhat-dramatic leapfrogging of North London rivals Spurs on the final day of the season. However, refusing to spend big for striker depth beyond Olivier Giroud could be the main reason his club didn’t win that elusive PL title. Grade: B-

Aston Villa Tim Sherwood; Remi Garde; Eric Black

Sherwood deserves credit for saving the day last year, but little he did in his early season failures at Villa make him a promising managing target; Garde couldn’t rescue a sinking ship left bereft of top level talent beyond Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew; Black was a caretaker with little to gain. Grades: Sherwood (F), Garde (D), Black (N/A).

Bournemouth Eddie Howe

One of the Premier League’s brightest prospects, Howe was locked up by astute chairman Jeff Mostyn and will be tasked with further stocking the cupboard in 2016-17. Grade: A.

Chelsea — Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink.

The players quit on their championship manager, but Mourinho did plenty to send them on their way. From the drama with trainer Eva Carneiro to a stream of losses, the Special One was anything but. Hiddink stepped in and steadied the ship, but did not provide any miracles. Grades: Mourinho (D), Hiddink (B)

Crystal PalaceAlan Pardew

Pardew is in an FA Cup final, yes, but he proved that he’s incapable of arresting a long losing streak with the second straight club. Tipped as an English national team manager earlier in the season, that talk looks laughable now. Grade: C-

Everton — Roberto Martinez

Perhaps the most disappointing team this side of Chelsea, Everton’s players and Martinez took a long ride down the table before settling in 11th. Joel Robles provided little in place of longtime goalkeeper Tim Howard, John Stones and the defense backslid hard, and Romelu Lukaku was feast or famine. Grade: C-

Leicester City Claudio Ranieri

He did well, real well. Grade: A

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City lift the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Liverpool — Brendan Rodgers; Jurgen Klopp

Rodgers’ leash was always going to be short after dropping from second in the league to sixth last season, and a slow start doomed him. Klopp promises much, but cannot be judged until we see what players he chooses to fit his Anfield plan. He also astutely saw the Europa League as a better path to the Champions League, and is 90 minutes away from pulling it off. Grades: Rodgers (C), Klopp (A-).

Manchester City — Manuel Pellegrini

Tasked with a near impossible feat of dealing with his squad as a dead man walking, Pellegrini kept his club in the Top Four while racing to a first UEFA Champions League semifinal berth and the League Cup title. This…charming… man. Grade: A

Manchester United —  Louis Van Gaal

For all the gripes about style of play, LVG’s could end up level on points with Man City while claiming the FA Cup. That said, United fans always have high expectations and Van Gaal has now failed to properly use both Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay. His work with young players like Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, however, has been strong. Grade: B

Newcastle United — Steve McClaren; Rafa Benitez

McClaren was fired from Derby County after a late season collapse and never looked comfortable in the chair at Newcastle. His replacement needed maybe one or two more weeks to get the job done, but didn’t. Grades: McClaren (F), Benitez (B)

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 30:  Rafael Benitez (R) manager of Newcastle United congratulates Andros Townsend (L) after their 1-0 win in the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St James' Park on April 30, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Norwich City — Alex Neil

A very hard one to judge, no? Neil did a lot with a little, only to see his Canaries back into the second tier. While the grade may seem harsh, Bournemouth and Watford both stayed up at the first time of asking and Norwich couldn’t pull it off. Grade: C-.

Southampton — Ronald Koeman

Saints had to make an inspired hire when Mauricio Pochettino left for Spurs, and made a near perfect choice. Grade: A-

Stoke City — Mark Hughes

An injury to steady Geoff Cameron hurt the Stoke boss, but the Potters failed to seize a real chance at European qualification under his watch. Grade: B

Sunderland — Dick Advocaat; Sam Allardyce

Winless in eight matches, Advocaat walked away from the gig. Allardyce struggled for a while before working a solid January window to bring in the talent needed to survive. While Slaven Bilic proved that Allardyce isn’t going to win you laurels, he’s more than capable of keeping you afloat. Grades: Advocaat (D-), Allardyce (B-).

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SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on May 7, 2016 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Swansea City — Garry Monk; Francesco Guidolin

Monk seemed a bit hard done-by and will land on his feet, but Guidolin was the right man to massage Swans’ egos for a rise up the table and out of the drop zone. Grades: Monk (C-), Guidolin (B+).

Tottenham Hotspur — Mauricio Pochettino

Final day failures aside, Pochettino did well in navigating the Europa League and Premier League campaigns. The test of his elite acumen comes next season. Grade: B+

Watford — Quique Sanchez Flores

Should be given credit for keeping the Hornets in the top flight despite falling apart a bit during a brutal run of schedule. Grade: B

West Bromwich Albion — Tony Pulis

The man’s style of play could put an insomniac to sleep, and his low table expectations won’t endear him to, well, anyone, but Pulis kept the Baggies in the top flight and that means we can’t fail him. Grade: C-

West Ham United — Slaven Bilic

The Irons might be a seventh place side, but the way the man conducted his club through a tricky and emotional final season at the Boleyn Ground was exceptional. Grade: A

Bournemouth vs Brentford: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Bournemouth vs Brentford: The mid-table Cherries will try to make it four games unbeaten when they host the top-half Bees at Vitality Stadium on Saturday (watch live, 10 am ET on Peacock Premium). 


Draws with Wolves and Newcastle, bookending a victory over Nottingham Forest, and suddenly Bournemouth’s future isn’t looking as dire as it did after a 9-0 defeat to Liverpool led to Scott Parker’s dismissal as manger. Gary O’Neil remains in charge on an interim basis, as the positive results make it tougher and tougher to replace him.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Bournemouth vs Brentford

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How to watch Bournemouth vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Saturday
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Key storylines & star players

Brentford sitting 9th in the Premier League table, even after only seven games, is no small achievement for a tiny club that only made its PL debut a year ago. They look like they belong in the top half of the table as well, with their 15 goals scored bested by only Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal — the top three sides in the league heading into matchweek 8. Ivan Toney is back to his goal-scoring best with five in seven games, chipping in a pair of assists as well as he continues to prove himself a complete player at the top level.

Bournemouth are trying to replicate Brentford’s top-flight success after returning to the Premier League this season. Without a star center forward like Toney (six goals scored, 4th-fewest in the PL), the Cherries will frequently look to grind out results by keeping clean sheets, only their defensive record (19 conceded in seven games) runs to the contrary.

Bournemouth team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Christian Norgaard (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (knock), Ethan Pinnock (knee)

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Premier League injury news, 2022-23 season


Premier League injury news: It’s time to take a look at which players might be unavailable for matchweek 8 of the 2022-23 Premier League season, due to injury.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.

Arsenal injuries

OUT: Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (thigh), Reiss Nelson (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (knee), Kieran Tierney (head), Cedric Soares (knock)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Matty Cash (hamstring), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee)

Bournemouth injuries

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford injuries

OUT: Christian Norgaard (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Keane Lewis-Potter (knock), Ethan Pinnock (knee)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness)

Chelsea injuries

QUESTIONABLE: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Edouard Mendy (knee)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: James Tomkins (undisclosed), Jack Butland (hand), Nathan Ferguson (foot) | QUESTIONABLE: James McArthur (groin)

Everton injuries

OUT: Jordan Pickford (thigh), Ben Godfrey (broken leg), Yerry Mina (ankle), Nathan Patterson (ankle), Mason Holgate (knee), Andros Townsend (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Jordan Pickford (thigh)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Harry Wilson (knee), Joao Pahlinha (suspension), Manor Solomon (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Rodrigo (shoulder), Stuart Dallas (thigh)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Wilfried Ndidi (knock), Patson Daka (illness)

Liverpool injuries

OUT: Naby Keita (undisclosed), Curtis Jones (calf), Calvin Ramsay (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin)

Manchester City injuries

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United injuries

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Anthony Martial (achilles), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Marcus Rashford (thigh), Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Aleksander Isak (leg), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Bruno Guimaraes (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Callum Wilson (thigh), Chris Wood (ribs), Elliott Anderson (knock)

Nottingham Forest injuries

OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Orel Mangala (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Emmanuel Dennis (knock), Morgan Gibbs-White (knock), Scott McKenna (knee), Joe Worrall (broken nose)

Southampton injuries

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Lucas Moura (achilles) | QUESTIONABLE: Hugo Lloris (quad), Ben Davies (knee)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Benjamin Johnson (hamstring)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Raul Jimenez (groin), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Nathan Collins (suspension), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Diego Costa (undisclosed)

Fulham vs Newcastle: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Fulham and Newcastle United look set to entertain when Aleksandar Mitrovic entertains his old mates for a Saturday morning tilt at Craven Cottage on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).


The Magpies are injury-hit but Eddie Howe has enjoyed pushing for offense and has largely found chances regardless of who’s been on the field, while Marco Silva’s Cottagers are healthy and have been on the front foot as often as possible during their Premier League return.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Fulham vs Newcastle.

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How to watch Fulham vs Newcastle live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Somewhere in the multiverse, Mitrovic’s tied for the Golden Boot lead because Erling Haaland is an actual superhero. The Fulham man has six goals to tie Harry Kane five behind Man City’s prolific Norwegian hitman. Kenny Tete’s assisted three of those goals, and Tete’s also top six in tackles. Teammate Joao Palhinha is first.

Newcastle, meanwhile, is dealing with a ridiculous amount of injuries to key players, as Bruno Guimares, Chris Wood, and Alexander Isak were both hurt on international break to join Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin as walking wounded attackers.

Fulham team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle) OUT: Palhinha (suspended), Manor Solomn (knee), Harry Wilson (knee)

Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Chris Wood (chest), Callum Wilson (thigh), Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Bruno Guimares (thigh), Elliott Anderson (undisclosed). OUT: Alexander Isak (other), Emil Krafth (ACL),

Liverpool vs Brighton: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Liverpool plays its first Premier League match in 25 days when high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion debut a new manager as visitors at Anfield on Saturday (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

Roberto De Zerbi takes the wheel for the Seagulls following Graham Potter’s move to Chelsea, and Brighton will be staging its first match since a 5-2 demolition of Leicester City on Sept. 4.


That was one day after Liverpool drew Everton 0-0 at Goodison Park in a Merseyside derby that came on the heels of back-to-back wins for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Liverpool’s currently four points back of fourth-place Brighton; Both clubs have played six matches, one fewer than 14 other Premier League sides.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Liverpool vs Brighton.

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How to watch Liverpool vs Brighton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Is Liverpool ready to turn chances into goals at a more familiar rate? The Reds’ expected goal total for this season is close to leaders Manchester City and Arsenal but its actual goal production is fifth and somewhat-inflated by their nine-goal beatdown of Bournemouth previously this season.

Brighton, meanwhile, has to show that it’s getting a handle on life after Graham Potter, as De Zerbi’s credentials say things might not look too different. The former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss craves possession in his teams and delivers chances as a boss in the manner you’d expect from a former attacking midfielder.

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Andrew Robertson (knee). OUT: Calvin Ramsay (lower back), Curtis Jones (tibia), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Naby Keita (thigh), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh).

Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Enock Mwepu (illness). OUT: Jakub Moder (knee), Adam Lallana (lower leg)