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The 2013-14 Barclays Premier League will have a fresh look from a managerial standpoint.
For the first time since its inception, the Premier League will not see Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of Manchester United, the most successful English club of all time. Newly appointed manager David Moyes will have some massive shoes to fill after Sir Alex left behind a legacy of unparalleled success in modern football, including 13 Premier League triumphs and two Champions League titles.
United supporters have been spoiled under Ferguson and are understandably reluctant to see him retire. If you think their fans will be easy on Moyes during this transition period, think again. The former Everton boss has already stirred United fans the wrong way this summer after a string of poor results on their tour of Asia as well as their lack of intensity in the transfer market.
Moyes has made a plea with United fans to support him and the club vocally at Old Trafford this season despite the recent criticisms. Safe to say, it has not been an easy summer for Moyes after United star Wayne Rooney demanded a transfer to rivals Chelsea. Moyes claims that there has been no fallout between himself and the England international; whether the fans believe him or not is a different story.
Regardless, the popularity level of the new manager cannot be very high after missing out on signings such as Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas. If Rooney leaves the club or shows no ambition to continue with the Red Devils, Moyes could be in a heap of trouble if poor results arise.
Still, Manchester United are not the only title contenders with managerial changes this summer.
Chelsea are happy to welcome back Jose Mourinho to West London after a six-year absence from the club. Many pundits believe it will be a warm return for the Portuguese manager in his first season with the Blues since 2007. Chelsea are strong title contenders this season, especially with the state of Manchester United so unstable at the moment.
Oh, and then there's Manchester City who welcome new manager Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad. Cash-heavy City have made the biggest splash in this summer's transfer windows with the signings of Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho. Jose Mourinho even claimed that City are the Premier League favorites this season because of these acquisitions to an already strong squad.
The managerial changes to the top three clubs in England will surely make for some interesting headlines in the weeks to come.