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Managerial Change – City, United and Chelsea


Have there ever been so many managerial changes at the top end of the Barclays Premier League?
The retirement of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has seen former Everton manager and fellow Scot David Moyes take over the Old Trafford hot seat. After failing to defend the title Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini and replaced him with Manuel Pelligrini in the hope of reclaiming the title whilst Chelsea parted company with Rafael Benitez who was their interim manager and replaced him with former manager Jose Mourinho. There has never been such change in the top division of English football and it is anyone’s guess as to how it will affect the battle for the title.
Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes knows he needs to hit the ground running as he has a difficult start as he faces Chelsea in his first home games before trips to Manchester City and Liverpool are also part of his first five games at the helm. He has had to deal with the controversy surrounding Wayne Rooney who has publicly stated he wants to leave Old Trafford and despite Moyes stating that Rooney will be wearing red as United head to Swansea on the opening day, many football fans believe it could be the time for Rooney to leave Manchester for pastures new. Moyes has also seen his transfer targets not come to fruition as Barcelona refuse to sell Cesc Fabregas despite the Red Devils offering around £35 million. Moves for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have bitten the dust and is it proving to be a tough start to life as manager for Moyes.
Moneybags Manchester City have replaced Italian Robert Mancini with Chilean Manuel Pelligrini in the hope of regaining the title from their neighbours but also to use his experience to send them into the later stages of the Champions League. The new manager has already made his mark on the squad with the signings of winger Jesus Navas and striker Alvaro Negredo both from Sevilla, central midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donestk and the signing of Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina. The total spend the club has been around £90 million which shows the lengths the owners will go to for success. The notable departure from the club is Carlos Tevez who has joined Juventus for £12 million as Pelligrini looks to get his business done early in preparation for the season.
Finally, the last managerial change of the top four has seen the ‘Special One’ return to Stamford Bridge for his second spell in charge of Chelsea. The former boss left Real Madrid for his long awaited return to English football. The former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager has been tasked with returning the Premier League title to London. After Champions League and Europa League glory in the past two seasons, the main focus is to regain the title and becoming champions of English football once again. The new manager has already secured the signings of Marco Van Ginkel and Andre Schurrle to add to his midfield and forward options which give the Chelsea boss a range of options at his disposal. The one area that many blues fans feel that needs addressing is upfront. Despite Fernando Torres scoring goals for fun in Europe and finishing with 22 for the season, many of the Stamford Bridge faithful believe that another striker is needed. The man who could be the answer is Romelu Lukaku. After returning from West Brom where he was in prolific form, he is expected to challenge Torres and Demba Ba for the number 9 role.
As the new managers get ready for the new season, it is expected to be another sensational season at the top end of the league as the new manager’s battle to be crowned champions of England.


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