July 23, 2013 by thedavidryan
The New Premier League Men In Charge
Yes I haven’t blogged in months and no, you haven’t missed me. Moving on.
With three new managers nicely nestled into arguably the three biggest jobs in English football, the pressure is on to see which coach stands head and shoulders above the rest as Premier League champion once the dust settles on the 2013/2014 season.
Firstly you may be asking, why only three managers? What about Arsene Wenger and Arsenal? Surely they have as good a chance as Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs? NOPE. Moving on.
Today I am going to look at the Three Musketeers in question and assess their history, chances and potential. Okay, so maybe I missed you too.
‘He’s got red hair but we don’t care, Davey Davey Moyes’ was the chant that the Everton faithful used ring out around Goodison Park for the last twelve years. However, Moyes has moved on and to the biggest institution in domestic English football; Manchester United.
Don’t get me wrong, Manchester United the team, is one of the most readily equipped squads in the whole of Europe. However, David Moyes has some big, gum chewing shoes to fill in that of Sir Alex Ferguson. The pressure is already starting to increase as the Wayne Rooney transfer saga shows no signs of ending and some say Moyes is already feeling the strain of elite football management.
So what are David Moyes’ chances of success as the new Manchester United head honco? To be blunt, David Moyes saw little success in his previous role as Everton manager, failing to win a single trophy in over a decade at the club. Some highlights do twinkle on his résumé however. Finishing fourth in the league and ending as a runner up in the 2009 FA Cup final are all commendable; however these credentials are worlds apart from the man he has succeeded.
David Moyes certainly has the potential to achieve great things at Manchester United. He has a better squad and more transfer money available than his time at Everton. Nevertheless, if the results don’t come thick and fast, whispers may grow louder that David Moyes is just not able to break that trophy winning glass ceiling.
Manuel Pellegrini is very much the unknown quantity of this tricky trio. David Moyes has years of English football management experience and Jose Mourinho is a proven champion of England. Pellegrini on the other hand arrives at the Etihad with no involvement in the English game as a coach and from a club that finished sixth in the Spanish league last year. You could even argue that Pellegrini’s time at Málaga was less eventful than David Moyes’ time in charge of Everton, with only an impressive and unfortunate Champions League campaign to show for his three years in charge. Of course, comparing Moyes’ twelve years to Pellegrini’s three is nonsensical, but interesting nonetheless.
Pellegrini does have potential though to be the dark horse in the Premier League title race this season. Before his time at Málaga he was in charge of Real Madrid for a year and having that experience of dealing with arguably the most intense job in world football, can only stand him in good stead.
No story has been welcomed with such open arms by the media and football fans alike, than the return of José Mourinho to Chelsea. After this first spell in charge of the West London club, Mourinho developed a cult hero status that had Chelsea fans begging for his return. Now the Special One is back and looking to take Chelsea from third place obscurity, to the top of the tree once more.
José Mourinho is one of the most colourful characters in world football and he is usually at his best/worst when verbally sparring with his peers. During his first stint at Chelsea he batted mind games back and forth with Sir Alex Ferguson, but with the Scot now enjoying retirement, the sparks seen during his first Chelsea tenure might not shine so bright.
Mourinho’s achievements speak for themselves. He is a multiple Champions League winner, has won league titles in England, Italy and Spain and is already the odds on favourite to secure the Premier League crown this season. But will he?
Who do you think will win the league this season? Let me know your feedback and opinions in the comments below.
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