Five of the Premier League clubs have changed managers this summer, including last season’s top three.
Managerial change is nothing new in the Premier League, but the fact that the top three teams from the previous season have changed bosses is unique.
The managerial changes at so many top-flight clubs will definitely make the Premier League a far more interesting competition next season. Here is a round-up of those changes:
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)
The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ has returned to Chelsea for a second stint at Stamford Bridge from Spanish giants Real Madrid. Mourinho’s time with Real Madrid was mixed, with one La Liga title and two second place finishes behind arch-rivals Barcelona.
Mourinho returned to Chelsea like a prodigal son this summer. The Blues fans are hopeful that the Portuguese boss can return the club to the glory days, which Chelsea enjoyed in his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho has been brought back to Stamford Bridge to help Chelsea challenge for the Premier League title once again. The Blues have to be one of the favourites for the title with Mourinho in charge of the team.
Roberto Martinez (Everton)
David Moyes was always going to be a hard man to replace at Goodison Park, but Roberto Martinez has made a bright start. Moyes was with the Toffees for 11 years and brought stability to the blue half of Merseyside.
Martinez now has the task of trying to move Everton forward on a shoestring budget. His early work in the transfer market has been encouraging for Everton fans. The coup of signing 19-year-old Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu on-loan has shown the pull that Martinez still has in his homeland.
The intelligent Spaniard declared on his arrival that he wanted to guide the Toffees to the Champions League positions. That aim may be a big ask for next season, but another top six finish and adapting to Martinez’s style would be a big result for the Toffees.
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)
The former-Malaga boss has built his reputation on building teams on limited budgets, but still playing exciting, attacking football. His philosophy of football is more expansive than that of former-City boss Roberto Mancini.
Pellegrini is regarded as one of the best bosses in Europe. His tactical nous has helped the likes of Villarreal and Malaga to reach never seen before heights. His appointment seems to have been met with approval from the Manchester City faithful.
Pellegrini has been brought in at Eastlands with the same objectives as Mourinho at Chelsea, win the Premier League title. Second place was not good enough for Roberto Mancini last season. However, City’s performance in Europe lead to the Italian being sacked and Pellegrini has a good track record in the Champions League.
David Moyes (Manchester United)
Moyes has the almost impossible task of filling the void left by legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes has made a big step up from Everton. He did a decent job at Goodison, but he will have to be far more decisive at Old Trafford.
Moyes is seen as a long-term appointment. However, if he makes a slow start as United boss, as he did with Everton in a number of his seasons on Merseyside, then Moyes will be under major pressure.
No doubt, United will challenge for the Premier League title next season. However, if United fail to win the Premier League title critics will question Moyes’ ability to cope as the boss of such a high-profile club.
Mark Hughes (Stoke)
Amongst the high profile managerial appointments, Mark Hughes’ arrival at the Britannia Stadium almost came in under the radar. The former-Blackburn boss has a history of creating good solid midtable teams.
His appointment seems to have been met by a mixed reception from the Stoke faithful. I think most fans were tired of the direct, physical style of play that Stoke had become synonymous with under Tony Pulis.
Hughes is not exactly renowned for his passing style of football, but his teams will mix the styles of play more than Pulis’ teams.
It is difficult to say what Stoke’s expectations will be for next season. However, I think it is fair to say that they will expect better than last year’s relegation struggle. A midtable finish and a change of style would probably be a successful first season for Hughes and his team.
I believe that blue may just be the colour this season for the Premier League champions. I really cannot see past Chelsea claiming the title, under serial title collector Jose Mourinho next season.
Pellegrini is a good manager, but his City team are in need of an extra striker to add to the array of attacking midfielders. If, as expected City sign a top striker then City could very well be champions come next May.
David Moyes is a decent manager. However, his tactics in big games have been questioned on a number occasions while with Everton. The Scot may take a while to become accustomed to being United boss.
It will be very difficult for United to compete with their rivals, simply because their rivals have brought in such talented bosses.
What all these changes does to the Premier League is breathe a breath of fresh air into it. Next season could be very unpredictable, and I like many fans just cannot wait for the new Premier League season to kick-off.
Who will be the most successful newly appointed EPL boss next season?