Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Premier League season review: Story of the Coaches

3 Comments

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.

MORE: All 2015-16 PL season reviews ]

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-).

[ MORE: Best transfer buys of the 2015-16 PL season ]

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

VIDEO: San Jose’s amazing comeback 4-3 win v. Vancouver

Leave a comment

San Jose – Vancouver may go down as one of the best games in MLS history. I’m not kidding.

It was pure MLS from start to finish as we had huge mistakes, stunning goals, an amazing comeback and wild celebrations in the 98th minute as San Jose rallied from 3-1 down with 18 minutes to go to win 4-3.

This was, by far, the best game so far of the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando, Florida.

[ MORE: All of PST’s MLS coverage

Vancouver went 2-0 up thanks to a fine goal from Ali Adnan, then there was a wild goal for the Whitecaps as Judson put the ball into his own net after running the length of the pitch to try and stop Yordy Reyna but then sliding to clear but scoring an own goal.

Andy Rios pulled one back right on half time to make it 2-1 but then a terrible goalkeeping mistake made it 3-1 as Cristian Dajome finished. Then came San Jose, who were rampant in the final 20 minutes in particular. Chris Wondolowski jumped off the bench and made it 3-2, then Oswaldo Alanis made it 3-3 with a towering header.

Injuries then saw the game move into eight minutes of stoppage time as tackles flew in all over the place and then Shea Salinas just said ‘screw it, I’m running at goal’ in the 98th minute.

Vancouver allowed him to run through half of their team, he got a lucky bounce and then finished to make it 4-3 and spark a bench-clearing celebration. The celebrations were made even more epic by a member of the San Jose medical staff spraying a bottle of ice freeze spray into the air as if it was some pyro.

If anybody ever asks you what MLS is all about, simply show them the video highlights from this game.

Records were set for the most corners (22) by a single team in a game in MLS history, plus tied the record for most corners in a game (25) in MLS history.

There was just something special, and wildly reassuring, about seeing San Jose and Vancouver going at it for 90 minutes of pure entertainment.

Take a look at the video above to see all seven goals and the general madness from the thrilling game.

NBC Sports Premier League schedule

4 Comments

The new NBC Sports Premier League schedule for the 2019-20 season has been released, with time and dates for the upcoming matchweeks confirmed and here’s how you can watch it all live on TV in the USA and via Peacock online.

[ WATCH: Premier League video ] 

With games spread out across multiple days and many in separate time slots, there are lots of changes to your regular schedule as the league returns on June 17 after being suspended on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Games will be played in empty stadiums and at home venues.

[ SIGN UP: Premier League on Peacock ]

The full TV schedule for the games this month are below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com, the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold and the new Peacock streaming service from NBC.

Below is the new schedule for the Premier League on NBC Sports from June 17 to July 22 , as we will release the dates and times for the final matchweek of the 2019-20 season when they become available and how to watch them in the USA.


Premier League: How to watch, schedule in USA (all times EST)

Matchday 29

Wednesday, June 17: Aston Villa 0-0 Sheffield United
Wednesday, June 17: Man City 3-0 Arsenal

Matchday 30

Friday, June 19: Norwich 0-3 Southampton
Friday, June 19: Tottenham 1-1 Man United
Saturday, June 20: Watford 1-1 Leicester
Saturday, June 20: Brighton 2-1 Arsenal
Saturday, June 20: West Ham 0-2 Wolves
Saturday, June 20: Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
Sunday, June 21: Newcastle 3-0 Sheffield United
Sunday, June 21: Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea
Sunday, June 21: Everton 0-0 Liverpool
Monday, June 22: Man City 5-0 Burnley

Matchday 31

Tuesday, June 23: Leicester 0-0 Brighton
Tuesday, June 23: Tottenham 2-0 West Ham
Wednesday, June 24: Man United 3-0 Sheffield United
Wednesday, June 24: Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa
Wednesday, June 24: Norwich 0-1 Everton
Wednesday, June 24: Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth
Wednesday, June 24: Liverpool 4-0 Palace
Thursday, June 25: Southampton 0-2 Arsenal
Thursday, June 25: Burnley 1-0 Watford
Thursday, June 25: Chelsea 2-1 Man City

Matchday 32

Saturday, June 27: Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves
Sunday, June 28: Watford 1-3 Southampton
Monday, June 29: Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley
Tuesday, June 30: Brighton 0-3 Man United
Wednesday, July 1: Everton 2-1 Leicester
Wednesday, July 1: Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle
Wednesday, July 1: Arsenal 4-0 Norwich
Wednesday, July 1: West Ham 3-2 Chelsea
Thursday, July 2: Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham
Thursday, July 2: Man City 4-0 Liverpool

Matchday 33

Saturday, July 4: Norwich City 0-1 Brighton
Saturday, July 4: Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace
Saturday, July 4: Man United 5-2 Bournemouth
Saturday, July 4: Wolves 0-2 Arsenal
Saturday, July 4: Chelsea 3-0 Watford
Sunday, July 5: Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United
Sunday, July 5: Newcastle United 2-2 West Ham
Sunday, July 5: Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
Sunday, July 5: Southampton 1-0 Man City
Monday, July 6: Tottenham 1-0 Everton

Matchday 34

Tuesday, July 7: Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea
Tuesday, July 7: Watford 2-1 Norwich City
Tuesday, July 7: Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City
Wednesday, July 8: Man City 5-0 Newcastle
Wednesday, July 8: Sheffield United 1-0 Wolves
Wednesday, July 8: West Ham 0-1 Burnley
Wednesday, July 8: Brighton 1-3 Liverpool
Thursday, July 9: Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham
Thursday, July 9: Everton 1-1 Southampton
Thursday, July 9: Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United

Matchday 35

Saturday, July 11: Norwich City 0-4 West Ham
Saturday, July 11: Watford 2-1 Newcastle United
Saturday, July 11: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
Saturday, July 11: Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea
Saturday, July 11: Brighton 0-5 Manchester City
Sunday, July 12: Wolves 3-0 Everton
Sunday, July 12: Aston Villa 2-1 Crystal Palace
Sunday, July 12: Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
Sunday, July 12: Bournemouth 4-1 Leicester City
Monday, July 13: Man United 2-2 Southampton

Matchday 36

Tuesday, July 14: Chelsea 1-0 Norwich
Wednesday, July 15: Burnley 1-1 Wolves
Wednesday, July 15: Man City 2-1 Bournemouth
Wednesday, July 15: Newcastle 1-3 Tottenham
Wednesday, July 15: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
Thursday, July 16: Everton v. Aston Villa, 1 p.m. ET, Gold/Peacock
Thursday, July 16: Leicester v Sheffield United, 1 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Thursday, July 16: Crystal Palace v. Man United, 3:15 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Thursday, July 16: Southampton v. Brighton, 3:15 p.m. ET, Gold/Peacock
Friday, July 17: West Ham v. Watford, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Matchday 37

Saturday, July 18: Norwich City v. Burnley, 12:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, July 19: Bournemouth v. Southampton, 9 a.m. ET
Sunday, July 19: Tottenham v. Leicester, 11 a.m. ET
Monday, July 20: Brighton v. Newcastle, 1 p.m. ET
Monday, July 20: Sheffield United v. Everton, 1 p.m. ET
Monday, July 20: Wolves v. Crystal Palace, 3:15 p.m. ET
Tuesday, July 21: Watford v. Man City, 1 p.m. ET
Tuesday, July 21: Aston Villa v. Arsenal, 3:15 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 22: Man United v. West Ham, 1 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 22: Liverpool v. Chelsea, 3:15 p.m. ET

Arteta loves Arsenal effort: ‘The fight is now equal. The rest will take time’

Leave a comment

It’s not insane to call Arsenal’s latest triumph a bit of an “oops” win.

Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 on Wednesday at the Emirates while seemingly utilizing a second-choice lineup while preparing for Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal versus Manchester City.

Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson starred in a first-half sequence that gave Arteta a very nice win for his Arsenal managerial resume, coming back from Sadio Mane’s early goal in North London.

ARSENAL – LIVERPOOL FULL MATCH REPLAY

“I was worried after 1-0 how we would react,” Arteta said after the game. “We were able to pick one moment and believe again. … The gap between the two teams today is enormous. We can not improve it in two months, but the accountability, the fight is now equal and I am very proud of that. The rest will take some time.”

[ MORE: Premier League summer schedule ]

Arteta was clearly happy with the result despite Liverpool’s continued pressure on the Gunners’ goal (Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had a wonderful day).

You could call it the perfect tonic for a North London Derby loss.

“In terms of energy and happiness in the dressing room before the semi-final, it’s a good medicine,” he said. “To beat this team you have to have moments in the game when you take your chances, defend and have a bit of luck.”

Liverpool ‘constantly dominant’ in latest post-title setback

1 Comment

Virgil van Dijk doesn’t want to hear the easy excuses after rare mistakes from Alisson Becker and Van Dijk helped Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 to stop the Reds’ dreams of a 100-point season.

Liverpool was controlling the early stages at the Emirates Stadium and led on a Sadio Mane goal when Van Dijk flubbed a back pass to set Alexandre Lacazette on his way to an equalizer.

[ MORE: Premier League stats ]

Moments later, Lacazette darted into the right flank to steal a blind Alisson pass. The Frenchman found Reiss Nelson for a 2-1 lead that went the distance.

“Until then there was nothing wrong, we played very well. So it’s easy to blame us having the title but until I made the mistake there was nothing wrong.”

It is an easy excuse but it also likely holds a lot of truth. Teams that clinch the PL title early have historically struggled down the stretch, aside from Pep Guardiola’s 2017-18 juggernaut that set the league record for points with 100.

Liverpool could’ve caught or passed that City team had it managed a draw or win on Wednesday. Klopp and Van Dijk would love to believe their team is above the historical flaws of other great teams but that’s just illogical.

Klopp puts it down to mistakes and an inability to finish any number of chances on a day Arsenal keeper made eight saves including an incredible palm stop in injury time.

“Twice, a massive lack of concentration, we took a break after 1-0, especially in the first half before the goal, we were just brilliant, we had 24-3 shots, that’s incredible but these two moments killed the game for us. … We were constantly dominant. It was a good game. Arsenal, they were there in two situations, I am not sure they forced them but they were there and they used them.”

Liverpool can now max out at 99 points if it beats Chelsea and Newcastle United to finish the season.