Manchester City and Chelsea are both preparing to appoint new managers this summer, and Manchester United’s new boss David Moyes will be up against a higher class of coach than his predecessor was this season.
During his tenure at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has seen off all-comers. Jose Mourinho’s first Chelsea incarnation, Arsene Wenger’s invincible Arsenal and even now Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City have all fallen away before Ferguson, so it is fair to say he has pitted his wits against, and beaten, many of the best managers around.
However this season, he had it a little easier than most others, with Mancini never looking likely to steer his City side to another title, and Chelsea unable to recover the deficit created by Roberto Di Matteo under Rafa Benitez. Chelsea and City had good managers this season, but next year they look likely to have a different class of coach entirely, with Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini set to take charge at Stamford Bridge and the Etihad respectively.
David Moyes might take some comfort from the fact that his nearest rivals are also having to adjust to a new manager, but he will be in no doubt of the challenge facing him.
Jose Mourinho’s credentials are well known, and even if his spell in charge at Real Madrid did not result in another Champions League, he has proven at every club he has managed that he will win trophies, and he will be in direct competition with Moyes on every front next season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s record at Malaga has been exceptional, and their impressive Champions League performance recalled that which he masterminded when in charge of Villarreal. His one season at Real Madrid did not end successfully, but it is worth noting he picked up 96 points in the league campaign he lost to a Barcelona team near the peak of their powers.
Both men are vastly experienced in domestic competitions and in Europe, and there could not have been much tougher opponents for Moyes in his first season at Old Trafford. The new Manchester United manager will also be competing with Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in Europe, as well as a wounded Real Madrid and Barcelona and the emerging power of PSG, all whilst replacing the greatest manager of the modern era at a club he managed for 27 years. Wayne Rooney is the least of his problems.
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