Okay, so we had the World Cup to watch during the Premier League break, but that ended 3 weeks ago! We need live football action (and no, the International Champions Cup in the US does not count) luckily the football drought will soon be over and normal weekend action will be resumed – phew!!!!
Starting on August 16th the action and drama will return once more and with it comes new managers, new players, new teams, and new technology.
David Moyes has left the building…lets hope Manchester Utd can get back to where they belong. Quite frankly the local postman could have done a better job than the poor suffering Moyes, but in Louis van Gaal it looks like Man Utd are in pretty safe hands. Having already won titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and overachieving with the Dutch team at this years World Cup (with a 3rd place finish) van Gaal has taken full command of the red devils sinking ship and has begun shoring it up nicely. If he can stay away from the ridiculous mind games inflicted by Morinho he should do just fine.
The other major change sees Southampton manger Mauricio Pochettino join the Tottenham hot seat. So in comes Premier League novice Ronald Koeman to take over at the Saints, and given Southampton have sold most of their squad who knows how that is going to go….expect to see them hanging around at the bottom of the table come December.
Other new faces include Alan Irvine (West Brom) Sean Dyche (Burnley), Nigel Pearson (Leicester City) and the beleaguered Harry Rednapp (QPR) who is returning to the top flight once more for what could well be his last season.
Welcome – Burnley, Leicester City and welcome back QPR after just one season away. Leicester have graced the Premier League before, but have not been in the top flight since 2002. QPR seem to go up and down like a yo-yo while Burnley were last here in 2010 and experienced a torrid time.
After a successful debut at the World Cup, vanishing spray will be making an appearance in the Premier League. The league had appeared reluctant to introduce the spray but has since decided to give it a go. Having seen it in the World Cup we too can watch players becoming upset when the ref sprays it over their shiny new boots
In the USA NBC will continue with their fabulous coverage of all the Premier League action. While in England, after 22 years of service, the BBC have said goodbye to master pundit – Alan Hansen and his often outspoken views on ‘diabolical’ and ‘shocking’ defending. Match of the Day will not be the same without him!
And finally, look out for the new kits on display. This season most of the shirt supplies have done a nice job (including Warrior), the Everton home shirt, Chelsea third shirt and Manchester City away shirt are my personal favorites.
There are of course a couple of design disasters, namely the Tottenham home shirt and the Manchester Utd home shirt (which in itself is a nice design) but has been ruined by the truly awful monster Chevrolet logo