Ranking the 2012-13 Premier League's Top 5 on Fanbase Satisfaction Levels

Mr XSenior Writer IMay 20, 2013

Ranking the 2012-13 Premier League's Top 5 on Fanbase Satisfaction Levels

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    The 2012-13 English Premier League season is over. After some 380 matches, the shouting has stopped, the nets have been taken down and the last ball has been kicked in anger.

    Manchester United won the title in the easiest way possible. Manchester City flopped. Chelsea and Arsenal qualified, yet again, for the Champions League at the expense of poor old Tottenham Hotspur. And Gareth Bale won an unprecedented trio of playing awards after a quite phenomenal season.

    The EPL boasts some of the greatest fans in the world, but were they satisfied with their team's performance during this campaign?

    Here, Bleacher Report looks at the EPL season's for the top five and grades their season, managers and fanbase satisfaction levels.

    Were you happy with your team's performance this season?

    Leave your comments, thoughts and predictions for next season in the section below!

5th. Tottenham Hotspur Satisfaction Rating: 7/10

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    Spurs' Season:  7/10

    There can be no doubt that the 2012-13 season ended on a bitter note for Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham. However, it is also obvious to all that Spurs have made progress. They finished in fifth on a record total of 72 points and will be looking to push on again next term.

    Star Player: 9/10

    There can be only one—Gareth Bale. The Welshman was sensational this season and deservedly won the top-three Player of the Year awards. 

    Flops Spurs Can Do Without

    Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor were both below par this season. Defoe disappeared after Christmas without a trace, and Adebayor only decided to show up in the final two weeks. Both need to be replaced.

    Other than that; Benoit Assou-Ekotto continued his haphazard form at left-back, while Scott Parker now looks little more than a backup player. All four should be moved on this summer.

    The Manager: 7/10

    Andre Villas-Boas enjoyed a good first season for Spurs. The Portuguese took a long time to get his feet under the table, but when he finally decided upon set tactics, Spurs improved dramatically.

    Progress has been made on last term under Harry Redknapp, but maybe not as much as many Spurs fans had hoped. 

    Who should Spurs sign this summer?

    Spurs need to sign at least two forwards, a left-back, a wide-player and a central midfielder. Achieve half of this, and they could challenge for the title in 2013-14.

    Tottenham's Fanbase Satisfaction Level: 7/10

    Given that AVB was in his first season with Spurs and that Ledley King, Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric all moved on; this season was always going to be a transitional one for the White Hart Lane-based team. 

    Realistic Spurs fans always knew that breaking into the top-four would be tough. Most would have gladly accepted progress and fifth. In the end that's what Tottenham produced, but it could have been so much better. 

4th. Arsenal Satisfaction Rating: 6/10

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    Arsenal's Season: 6/10

    Despite a 16th qualification for the Champions League, this season has been a disappointment for Arsenal's fans. A decent start to the season saw their title challenge was all but over by November. The Gunners were then knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Bradford City, knocked of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers and then utterly humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

    The biggest positive of the season was then beating Munich 2-0 at the Allianz Arena, but in truth the tie was all over after the 3-1 loss in the first leg. The win did prove to be the catalyst for a good end-of-season run.

    This tweet from well-known Arsenal fan Piers Morgan summed up the Gunners' season for many fans.

    It's a bit embarrassing to see our manager and players wildly celebrating coming fourth. It just shows how far we've fallen in ambition.

    Star Player: 8/10

    Santi Cazorla was head and shoulders above every other Arsenal player this season. The minute Spaniard was a strange omission from the PFA Team of the Year. His creativity, positional sense and vision mark him out as an outstanding player, and Arsenal may have to fight to hold onto him next term. 

    Flops Arsenal Can Do Without

    Thomas Vermaelen had a nightmare season in 2012-13. He was joined by Gervinho, Andre Santos and Wojciech Szczesny as Arsenal's worst-performing players. Vermaelen and Szczesny do have potential, but next season will surely be their last if they repeat their form from this term.

    The Manager: 6/10

    With Sir Alex Ferguson having retired, Arsene Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League. Since Arsenal last won a trophy in 2005, all 91 teams in the professional top-flight in England have changed their manager at least once. 

    That being said, Wenger has not reached the peaks he is capable of in some time. This season, once again, had its fair share of disappointments, and the patience of Arsenal's fans is running out. Next season could be his last chance

    Who should Arsenal sign this summer?

    The Gunners need to sign a center-forward, look at bringing in a rival goalkeeper to get Szczesny motivated and recruit a central defender with pace.

    Arsenal Fanbase Satisfaction Level: 6/10

    Arsenal's players were wildly happy with finishing fourth ahead of their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. It would be fair to say that those satisfaction levels were not matched by their fans. This is a club who should be challenging for trophies, and their fans have made their dissatisfaction known at every level of the club.

    Qualification for the Champions League is a success, but not at the level that should be demanded of the club.

3rd. Chelsea Satisfaction Rating: 6/10

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    Chelsea's Season: 7/10

    Chelsea's season was a strange one. The Blues became the first Champions League defending champions to be knocked out at the Group stage of the competition. They then went on and won the Europa League.

    They raced off at an incredible early pace in the Premier League and then died on their feet for a couple of months. Then they played like potential champions for a couple of months. 

    All in all, 2012-13 was a bit disappointing.

    Star Player: 8/10

    Juan Mata enjoyed a superb season for the Pensioners. The 25-year-old has improved immensely since joining in 2011. With two years of EPL action under his belt, he is now a seasoned performer.

    Mata rarely puts in a bad shift and is the centerpiece of a fluid attack. He played a remarkable 63 times this term and contributed an astonishing 20 goals and 29 assists,  according to ESPN.

    Flops Chelsea Can Do Without

    Ryan Bertrand had a very poor season. The English youngster was given a major chance when Ashley Cole was out injured but flattered to deceive. Marko Marin had a debut season to forget and John Obi Mikel was quite poor. Fernando Torres continues to be a problem with erratic form and his loss of a goalscoring touch.

    The Managers: 6/10

    Roberto Di Matteo (4/10) had a poor season and was rightly sacked. His tactical lapses in the Champions League cost his club dearly. He was replaced by Rafael Benitez (8/10). Large sections of the Blues' fans turned on the Spaniard because of comments he made when managing Liverpool at a time when Chelsea and Liverpool shared a fierce rivalry.

    The Spaniard acted with great dignity throughout and guided Chelsea to Europa League triumph. His star has risen as a manager, and he will return to the EPL.

    Who should Chelsea sign this summer?

    Chelsea needs to sign a center-forward, badly. The Blues also need to bring a top-class central defender and a central midfielder to the club. 

    Chelsea Fanbase Satisfaction Level: 6/10

    Chelsea's fans and players were delighted with the Europa League win over Benfica, despite a below par performance in the final. They never gave Benitez a chance and lambasted him at every opportunity. It was not until Benitez officially announced his interim-ship ending in May on BBC Radio 5 Live that they actually backed off, a little.

    Champions League failure rankles, even though Di Matteo was in charge. A failure to bridge the gap to second, despite spending over £85 million on players, according to Soccerbase, was poor. And the Blues' behavior towards Benitez was shameful. It would be fair to say this season could have gone better as far as Chelsea's fans are concerned.

2nd. Manchester City Satisfaction Rating: 5/10

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    Manchester City's Season: 5/10

    City's season was poor in every single department. Their shoddy defense of the title was embarrassing. Getting knocked out of the Champions League at the Group stage, for the second year running, with the worst English points total of all time, was embarrassing. The way they performed in their FA Cup final loss to Wigan Athletic wasn't anything to be proud of either. 

    In short, the Citizens were poor this campaign.

    Star Player: 7/10

    It's almost impossible to come up with a star player for Manchester City this season. But when push comes to shove, David Silva just about pips Pablo Zabaleta who is a real fans favorite. Silva was City's only creative outlet this term, and when he was shut down so too were City. 

    Flops Manchester City Can Do Without

    Just about every player Roberto Mancini signed last summer can be sold immediately, bar Matija Nastasic who impressed on his debut season. Then you can add Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and Gareth Barry. There is much work to do in the transfer market this summer.

    The Manager: 5/10

    Roberto Mancini was poor this season. There can be no argument against his sacking as he did not progress the team one iota. Not only did the team regress, but he also failed to improve one single player.

    His constant tinkering with tactics, becoming involved with infighting with club management and poor purchases in the transfer market all came back to haunt him when he was eventually sacked.

    Who should Manchester City sign this summer?

    City have huge problems in the center midfield at the highest level. Their inability to dictate the tempo of matches in the Champions League has cost them dearly. For this, they need a player in the Luka Modric mould

    City also have problems with distribution in the full-back positions, repair these three areas and they could go far in the Champions League. Add a striker and they could even win the competition.

    Manchester City Fanbase Satisfaction Level: 5/10

    City's fans are almost impossible to gauge. There can be little doubt they are disappointed in how the season went. However, many fans called radio stations like BBC's 5Live  to defend Mancini on his sacking. 

    But, when all is said and done; they cannot be happy with 2012-13. 

1st. Manchester United Satisfaction Rating: 8/10

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    Manchester United's Season: 7/10

    Sir Alex Ferguson must be commended hugely for guiding this group of players to the Premier League title. Throughout the season the Red Devils showed great professionalism and went about their business with the minimum of fuss.

    United cantered to EPL victory and were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid at the round of 16 stage.

    Star Player: 8/10

    Robin van Persie was simply brilliant this term. The 29-year-old joined from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 and then promptly scored 34 goals from 52 appearances for club and country, according to Soccerbase.

    Flops Manchester City Can Do Without

    If truth be told; there weren't too many flops at Old Trafford this season. Fergie got the very most out of each and every performer and age will be the major factor regarding replacements. Rio Ferdinand's powers are waning, and it's likely Wayne Rooney's are too. Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia never reached the heights they are capable of and will have much to prove next season.

    The Manager: 8/10

    Sir Alex Ferguson worked miracles in the EPL this season. There has never been a better manager at squad rotation, and this term he utilized that skill to the fullest. He changed the setup of his team to suit every occasion and generally came out on top. He will be sorely missed.

    Who should Manchester United sign this summer?

    United need a central midfielder badly. The current duo of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley can be too easily exposed by pace and pace alone.

    Center-defense is also an area that needs to be looked at.

    Center-forward will be one to watch, and Wayne Rooney's on-again/off-again love affair with Old Trafford could determine the direction David Moyes will take.

    Manchester United's Fanbase Satisfaction Level: 8/10

    United's fans are generally delighted with winning the EPL title. This writer was lambasted for suggesting that the 2012-13 season was one of the worst on record, and that United were no great shakes when it comes to being compared to previous champions. For me that remains true. But you won't find many United fans agreeing with me!

    United strolled to the EPL title in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season. It was a fitting end to the greatest manager of the modern era's career.

    His team are deserved champions, and his fans are rightly happy.

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