And now the end is near its time to face the final curtain…the 2012/2013 Premier League Season draws to a close on Sunday May 18th.
Sadly the final day will be lacking its usual drama – the champions have already been crowned and we already know the teams that are going to be relegated….but it will be a day of goodbyes.
Managers, Sir Alex Ferguson (Man Utd), Rafael Benitez (Chelsea) and already fired Roberto Mancini (Man City) will pound the touch line one last time. Their departures marking a dramatic twist at the top of the table with the top three teams all under new leadership next season. Only Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains and he now takes on the title of the leagues longest serving Premier League manager.
Aside from the managers, we will also being saying goodbye to Michael Owen (one of the best strikers to grace the Premiership), Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher (in his prime, one of Europe’s best defenders) and lets not forget, Manchester United’s Paul Scholes, who was, arguably one of the best midfielders in the world.
And lets not forget the teams who have been relegated – Reading, QPR and Wigan. Reading fought valiantly but with such a small squad their worn out players run out of gas in the last few weeks and so down they go. QPR, well what can be said of a team who on many occasions looked like they just couldn’t be bothered. Given the enthusiasm shown by their manager Harry Redknapp it is such a shame, but he could only do so much with a bunch of overpaid professionals who are a disgrace to the game. And then there are the FA Cup winners, Wigan, normally the annual escape artists, but this year their luck ran out, they conceded more goals than any other team in the league and so we say ‘goodbye’.
It has been a season of highs and lows, of drama and tension. Manchester United are the worthy winners and the curtain will go down on what has been a truly memorable season.