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Thursday 5th July 2012
Premier League chairmen have shuffled their pack during the off season and with the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, we now have a full house of managers.

Seven new managers along with the 13 others have only just over seven weeks to go fishing in the transfer market to chase potential aces, and to get there chosen handful of players to full fitness before the new season kicks in and we get to see what the first card of fixtures has in store for us.

When August 18th does come around, ten managers will be making their Premier League debut with their respected clubs, each having a different jackpot to play for. They all have a varied amount of chips at their disposal in which to build a perfect hand for their chance to reach that target, but will they go bust or come out flush?

New Norwich manager Chris Houghton travels to Fulham on the opening day to try and build on the Canaries successful campaign last season, whilst the Canaries' former manager Paul Lambert travels to Sam Allardyce's newly promoted West Ham with his new Aston Villa side. Tottenham's new King, Andre Villas-Boas will take his side to the Sports Direct Arena to face Newcastle United, whilst his Chelsea predecessor, Roberto Di Matteo, will take charge of his first permanent game when he takes the Kings of Europe to Wigan Athletic.

New West Brom supremo Steve Clarke will host his former club Liverpool, as Brendan Rogers will bring his new side to the Hawthorns, whilst his replacement at Swansea, Michael Laudrup will oversee his first game as a manager in England against Q.P.R. who will be without their Joker Joey Barton, who will begin the 1st match of a 12 game ban.

Elsewhere, Nigel Adkins will take his back-to-back promoted side to the Kings of England, Manchester City, whilst Brian McDermott's Reading will host,Stoke City at the Madjeski.

The only two matches not to see a new manager will be at the Emirates where Arsenal takeon Sunderland and at Goodison where Everton will host Man Utd which will see two of the longest serving Premier League managers' in Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes go head to head.

We can only wait to see what this year's deck of 20 teams has in store for us, there are many questions to be answered before the start of the season, such as will Man City be able to grab the jackpot again? Which manager will be the first to go bust? Which teams will be asked to leave the Premier League table?

Time will only tell what the answers to these questions are, but if last year's anything to go then I bet we're in for a right treat as we see these answers develop.

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Lloyd Reddin
I'm a Stoke City season holder and try to get to as many away games as I can. I'm currently studying Sports Journalism at Staffs Uni and would love to the move into the industry.

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