Football Managers

As another Premier League campaign has kicked off, a lot of old and new faces have returned to manage clubs around the country. We all recognise the self proclaimed ‘Happy One’ Jose Mourinho as well as former Everton manager David Moyes, who is the successor of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years.

Former Manchester City and Fulham manager Mark Hughes is now relishing the challenge of succeeding Tony Pulis, who has had 12 amazing seasons at The Britannia Stadium, helping the Potters regain their Premiership status back in 2008.

Even more so, the football fans, players and managers would remember former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, who helped The Seasiders clinch promotion to the elite division of English football. He has now returned to the Premier League as the manager of newly promoted Crystal Palace.

New managers from around the globe have also come into the Premier League. Months after Roberto Mancini had received the sack at Man City, The Sky Blues had appointed ex Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini as their replacement.

Although the transfer window is open and players are transferring between different clubs around the country, the Premier League has seen the Top 4 all change their managers except Arsenal. However, having said that the Frenchman is under immense amount of pressure as he has only managed to sign one player during the transfer window, and his team have started the new campaign in the worst possible way.

As well as players, managers play an integral part of a teams success or failure as the ultimate decision of signing players and tactics lie with them. More importantly, managers have to be able to sympathise and form a relationship with players as they will have a headache if a player is feeling unsettled at the club.

Generally, when a team is winning the players take the credit but when the team is losing the manager takes the blame. However, I for one believe this is unfair as the players should stand responsible because the manager can’t be responsible for the players actions on the pitch. The most a manager can do to influence his group of players is to prepare his players both physically and mentally for the match.

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