Having finished in the top 6 five times in 11 years whilst having very limited funds in the transfer window, it’s fair to say that Moyes did an admirable job at Everton.
However the main concern for Manchester United fans will be that he’s never won a major trophy as a manager, and has no Champions League experience (excluding a qualifier).
Sure, he built a very good team at Everton, making shrewd signings such as Felliani and Baines (both who may accompany him again at United). However, despite building a solid team with limited finances, he was unable to win a trophy in his 11 year spell at Goodison Park.
Of course, if you count the Community Shield then David Moyes already broke his drought before the season started when Manchester United beat Wigan 2-0.
Next is Manuel Pellegrini, who replaces Roberto Mancini at the helm of Manchester City. Like Moyes he has never won what would be considered as a major trophy, but has achieved impressive feats; his Malaga side were moments away from the Champions League semis until an incredible Dortmund comeback thwarted them.
Last season was a season to forget for City; tamely giving up their Premier League crown to neighbours United and losing the FA Cup final in embarrassing fashion to a Wigan Athletic side that later got relegated.
As well as regaining the league title, Pellegrini will also be expected to improve City’s Champions League form, having bowed out at the group stage in the previous two seasons. Pellegrini has already made some impressive signings such as Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Spanish international Jesus Navas. Signings of that calibur will be key in Manchester City’s quest for silverware in 2014.
José Mourinho is back at the bridge. Love him or loathe him, no one can deny that he adds entertainment to the Barclays Premier League.
Mourinho enjoyed an incredibly successful stint in his first spell at Chelsea, winning two league titles, two league cups and an FA Cup in just over three years. Chelsea fans will hope he can emulate his previous success, but will he be able to please owner Roman Abramovich?
After a mixed spell in his previous managerial role at Real Madrid, is Mourinho still the ‘special one’? Only time will tell. Having finished just 6th and 3rd in the last two seasons, Chelsea fans will hope to see their side challenging for the title once again next season.
The last 2 managers on the list are Roberto Martínez and Mark Hughes. Firstly, Roberto Martinez, who replaces David Moyes at Everton.
Although Martinez’s Wigan side got relegated last term, he won the club’s first major trophy, beating moneybags Manchester City. Martinez’s teams tend to play a style of attacking football that is entertaining and pleasing on the eye. The Goodison Park faithful will know too well of this, as they saw their side lose 3-0 at home to Roberto’s Wigan side in the cup last campaign.
If Roberto can build on the success of the foundations laid down by Moyes, then it is likely that he will go down very well on the blue side of Merseyside. Everton fans will hope that he can also repeat his cup success at the club and end the side’s 18 year trophy drought.
Finally, Mark Hughes, who replaces Tony Pulis at Stoke. The departure of Pulis was mainly due to fans growing frustrated of witnessing a dull style of football, plus a lack of progress in the Premier League (finishing in the bottom half of the division for five consecutive seasons).
The appointment of Hughes hasn’t gone too well at the Britannia stadium though. Although Mark Hughes has done relatively impressive jobs at certain clubs such as Fulham, Blackburn and even at the beginning of his reign at QPR (keeping them up in 2011-12), poor spells such as at Manchester City will have blotted his CV.
His most recent managerial experience will be the main reason for Stoke City fans anxiety; Hughes didn’t win any of the first 12 games of the 12-13 season at QPR and was consequently sacked. QPR later got relegated, with Hughes being partly to blame. Although the style of football at Stoke may improve, fans will hope that the team’s league form does not suffer because of it.