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Premier League Managers Tipped To Dominate The Headlines For The Right Reasons In 2013/2014

Thursday 15th August 2013
Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale may have dominated the pre-season column inches as their tenures at their respective clubs have been under constant scrutiny from the media in recent weeks, but with the Premier League kicking off on Saturday, it could well be the managers that come to the fore in what can only be described as an eclectic mix of gaffers embarking on another campaign with no fewer than five of the top flight's 20 bosses sitting in their team's dugout for the first time.

Sir Alex Ferguson's departure at Old Trafford will certainly leave a huge chasm in the managerial ranks as we won't get treated to another season of mind games from the Manchester United legend, but the 'Special One' is back at the helm at Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho is sure to provide more than enough headlines for the sub-editors to get their teeth stuck into.

Having been adored by the press in his first stint at Chelsea, Mourinho was never short of an opinion and his charismatic way at press conferences certainly lightened up what is a usual mundane situation and no doubt journalists across the country will relish getting their teeth stuck into the former Real Madrid gaffer.

Another eccentric character who will provide plenty of value throughout the season is Paolo Di Canio, who will be aiming to sparkle in his first full season at Sunderland and his apparent hard-faced training tactics have already caused a stir at the Stadium Of Light as he looks to turn things round at a club who struggled last season.

Di Canio's political views have often seen him gain the wrath from some quarters, but his eventful playing career on British shores certainly earned him an army of admirers and there's no doubt that the enigmatic Italian will cause the odd tremor this season as he looks to show his ability as a Premier League manager.

Manuel Pellegrini has been entrusted at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City look to regain the Premier League title and make overdue waves in the Champions League and the former Malaga boss will be eager to get off to a flying start, whilst David Moyes will be another under the spotlight in the first two months as he aims to follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned Ferguson.

Crystal Palace's return to the top flight will give Ian Holloway another crack at the big time following his spell with Blackpool three years ago and the outspoken Bristolian will be providing some unique insights to the world of football and Paddy Power have offered a special price of 7/2 that the former Blackpool boss earns a fine by the FA for some untoward post match comments, something that could turn out to be a bet to nothing as the passionate boss is sure to continue to speak his mind in the aftermath of games.

So, even though this year's Premier League is bubbling up into one of much anticipation, it may not just been the on-field goings on that catch the eye but the men in the dugout could also been in the spotlight for what is a mouth-watering year of top flight action.

Plenty of attention is always on the those managers under pressure and even before a ball is kicked, the likes of at Newcastle and Fulham's Martin Jol are feeling the heat but for a change, there are plenty of reasons to think that more attention could be on the Premier League's managers for the right reasons during the 2013/2014 season.

After 12 months of comings and goings, the upcoming campaign could provide a welcome change as far a managers are concerned. Those at the helm of teams towards the bottom of the table will always be sweating, but there should be enough colourful characters and potential stories from the sidelines to keep fans captivated without the macabre reporting of those managers next in line to face the axe.

Surely, after 16 of the Premier League's 20 clubs changed managers since the conclusion of the 2011/2012 season, the next nine months cannot yield the same kind of managerial turnover? We await to find out...
Steve Chambers
Steve has been avid follower of Bristol City and trips to Ashton Gate since the mid 1990s have seen him fall in love with the club, but success has hardly been a regular emotion felt by him and twin that with England's failures he has not tasted to many exciting days as a football fan. However, he enjoys all parts of the "Beautiful Game" and whether it's a Champions League match or Conference clash, Steve enjoys watching the heat of the battle. Sport is certainly his passion, but football is the one that gets him excited the most and he will be looking to provide some informative, yet sometimes controversial pieces for you to enjoy as the reader.

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