Into the Premiership restart mode with Manero highlighting notes of interest. With Liverpool being crowned champions, Manchester City have responded with a clear message, the City juggernaut is ready for the new season on the horizon.
City have been blasting the opposition away with Liverpool included. Newcastle for all their tactical negativity were blown away on two occasions, no surprise there then, but on the toon bench, manager Steve Bruce has achieved the unexpected and kept the Newcastle Premiership floating, Brucy deserves another shot at it, the Premiership with the toon.
Another manager who might not be wearing the same claret shirt next season, but the white shirt will do and shirts off to Sean Dyche, whose Burnley have maintained their muscle, amid the rumour mill of manager come boardroom discontent.
The opposite effect has taken place at Aston Villa who returned to action as flat as a pancake, where was the reported on the grapevine John Terry’s motivational skills, perhaps just a rumour. A manager who from a distance does not envelop great motivational qualities is the David Moyes who in fairness must take great credit for digging Westham out of the relegation ditch with astute tactical planning. Moyes certainly turbo charged the ‘Snowman Cometh’ in the Lamborghini, Michael Antonio who was 100% committed to the Hammer’s cause, nailed on with a four goal Salvo v Norwich City, job done.
Moyes former employers Manchester United are showing some form of resurgence, slightly mystifying, as all alike have not been convinced with Hardy’s sidekick Ollie at the wheel. Ollie Gunnar Solskjaer has rebuilt from the debris with patience and astuteness. Ollie is proving the critics wrong, are we all now convinced that Ollie is the man to take Manchester United back to their perch?
One of United’s expected rivals Chelsea, continue the debate, with a regular diet of the good, bad and ugly. Lampard is new to the Chelsea managerial intensity, with Frank endeavouring to make a raft of changes which can unwittingly lead to blindfolded decisions on occasions. The thought process has to be to jettison Kurt Zouma, Ross Barkley and keeper Arrizabalaga, of the opinion.
In the lower reaches, Brighton and Hove Albion should be applauded for playing their way out of relegation with attractive controlled football. Manager Graham Potter seems to have the makings of reaching the pinnacle as his managerial career progresses.
Ninety seven miles from the Brighton rock to the Bournemouth rock and Eddie Howe, who can lay claim to having his critics, the response, Eddie has an outstanding record as a manager. It is remarkable that Bournemouth have held court in the Premiership for five seasons with a continuous punching above one’s weight, but the inevitable was always going to happen, relegation with each club’s aspirations being gauged with success or failure.