With the 2014 calendars having replaced their 2013 predecessors on the wall, a handful of football’s biggest clubs will be hoping the New Year brings about a considerable change in fortune.
Many will have even made resolutions.
Some will have vowed to splash the cash during the January transfer window; others will have promised themselves that their current squads remain capable of reaching their goals with four months remaining in the club season.
But each and every one of them has no doubt resolved to improve performances going forward, to start stringing together the sort of results that eluded them during the first half of the schedule.
Over the next few slides we’ll examine several of these big, big clubs that underachieved during the 2013 portion of the campaign, and one, in particular, that has already experienced a dreadful start to 2014.