Since the end of the exciting and eventful 2011/12 season, there have been a total of seven managerial changes in England’s top-flight, but what both the fans and paddy power mobile betting punters want to know is whether the appointment will work for their team.
Roberto Di Matteo’s appointment as full-time Chelsea manager was inevitable following his Champions League success, and has been welcomed warmly by fans. He appears to get along splendidly with the players and has got them playing attractive but solid football and has secured some of Europe’s hottest property in the form of the talented Eden Hazard. If he can keep the egotistical dressing room together, then he could be very successful, but must be wary of owner Abramovich’s infamous impatience.
The sacking of Harry Redknapp and subsequent hiring of Andre Villas-Boas by Spurs annoyed fans, and made some question whether Spurs will now be successful. Hopefully AVB will do better than he did at Chelsea, where he became very much a figure of ridicule, and has already recruited some decent players. If the players buy into his style of play then this could be a new dawn for the boys from White Hart Lane.
Liverpool’s capture of Brendan Rogers somewhat underwhelmed long-suffering Reds fans, but they will be hoping he can get the Reds playing like former club Swansea. The only issue could be whether he has the right personnel to play his favoured way, with Andy Carroll now rumoured to be heading out on loan before the season starts.
Michael Laudrup is probably the biggest wildcard for this season. His style is fairly similar to that of Rogers, so fans of the Swans will be hoping for a repeat of last season.
Chris Hughton replaced Paul Lambert at Norwich and is well respected in the footballing world. At the Canaries he will have to get the most out of his players in order to emulate last season’s success. Lambert himself moved to Aston Villa, a move that could be very risky for the Villans.
Finally, Steve Clarke has spent most of his career as a coach, so whether he can make the step up to management looks fairly questionable at the moment. West Brom will be likely to give him time to grow into the role, so his job should be fairly safe.