This summer there seems to be a number of managerial sagas going-on.
The fact that Jose Mourinho would be the manager of Chelsea next season has been evident for a good while.
At Manchester City Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini has been mooted as their prospective boss for a few weeks, but neither men have yet been appointed.
The Spanish season is now finished and maybe we will now see the two appointed at the respective clubs.
Both had stated prior to the end of the season that they would be leaving their Spanish clubs and most people knew where they were heading.
Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini is now set to hold talks with Manchester City about their vacant managerial position. It was erroneously reported that the Chilean had agreed terms to join the Citizens prior to City’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Wigan.
However, the 59-year-old has now confirmed that he is set for talks with the oil-rich City. Pellegrini has also revealed that he will tell the media when a deal is done. It is unlikely that a done will not be done though.
Pellegrini is the man that the City hierarchy see as the man to help the Citizens progress over the next few seasons.
It was recently revealed that Pellegrini and Manchester City will be expected to challenge on all fronts next season, which is not a surprise considering the riches available to City.
However, the Chilean has very little experience of winning trophies in Europe. His success has come with guiding mid-to-small size clubs to greater heights than they are accustomed. He guided minnows Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
In the season just past, he also guided Malaga to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, against the backdrop of financial meltdown at the club.
His only experience of managing a big club was at Real Madrid, where he was treated unfairly. Los Blancos finished second to Barcelona, but second is not good enough at Real Madrid, just like second was not good enough for Roberto Mancini at City.
I just hope that history does not repeat it’s self at Eastlands. Pellegrini is an intelligent boss, who gets the best out the resources he is given. No doubt, he will be given money to spend at City and bring in more star names.
The return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea has been one of the worst keep secrets in the history of secrets. The Portuguese one had been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge ever since Pep Guardiola agreed to join Bayern this summer.
Guardiola was Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s first choice, but the former-Barca boss chose to move to the German giants instead. A move that now looks like a very clever one. Chelsea then needed a second choice and there was only ever going to be one man in the frame.
By his own admission, Los Blancos under Jose Mourinho have had a poor season by their high standards. Mourinho has failed at Real Madrid. The controversial boss has not won a Champions League trophy and that was his Real brief, to clinch the tenth European Cup.
Mourinho could not help Real to their Holy Grail and Mourinho has left with his brief incomplete. Maybe this season was what the ‘Special One’ needed, a reality check. This poor season will make Mourinho even more determined to succeed at Chelsea.
Then there is the managerial situation at Everton rumbling on. At one point it seemed that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright had decided that Wigan boss Roberto Martinez would be David Moyes’ replacement in the Everton hotseat.
It has now emerged that former-Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick is also under consideration. The director of football at Red Bull Salzburg has a wealth of experience in the game and is believed to have impressed the Everton chairman.
However, he quit his last managerial position with Schalke citing stress. The pressure may be even worse in the Premier League and Everton fans now have big expectations. That is a major concern for the majority of Everton supporters.
Four out of the top six Premier League clubs last season will have a different manager in the new campaign. The managerial landscape has changed at the top of the Premier League. What effect the changes have on the top teams is unknown. Anything could happen next season.
What effect will all the managerial changes in the Premier League have next season?