Good Luck and Thanks – Wolverhampton Wanderers

The ultimate Championship manager, Yorkshire man Mick McCarthy will

Mr. Moxley

Mr. Moxley

hope that is this the season that he proves he can cut it in the Premier League. After a nightmare spell with Sunderland in the top flight, he was sacked in March 2006 as the Mackems struggled to what was ,at the time ,the lowest total for a club in the Premier League. His patience and perseverance paid off and Wolves won the Championship with an impressive total of 90 points. With a chief executive Jez Moxley (a name more suited to starring in Hollyoaks than the boardroom) who has his considerable weight behind the club, they will hope to enjoy consecutive seasons in the top tier for the first time since the days of Steve Bull. Here are some who may not be around to enjoy the ride: Continue reading

Good Luck and Thanks – Wigan Athletic

Since their inception into the Premier League in 2005, Wigan have been what

Closet Man U fan?

Closet Man U fan?

could be described as a selling club. Even before the start of the ’05/06 season, their top scorer from their promotion campaign Nathan Ellington left to join West Brom. Over the years, stars like Pascal Chimbonda, Wilson Palacios and Jimmy Bullard have left the JJB Stadium (soon to be called the DW Stadium after the ever modest Manchester United loving chairman Dave Whelan) for a ‘bigger club’. This is the reality of life at Wigan, and they are sure to lose more of their stars before deadline day:

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Good Luck and Thanks – West Ham United

Following Alan Curbishley’s rather harsh dismissal from West Ham early last

Much done, more to do

Much done, more to do

term, Gianfranco Zola came in to take over. The little Italian’s previous managerial experience amounted to collecting the cones after training for Italy’s U-21 side, but he has done a fine job at Upton Park. Ably assisted by Steve Clarke, they have got the team playing some nice stuff, and Carlton Cole looks like finally fulfilling the massive potential he showed in his teenage years. The turmoil involving the takeover by Icelandic holding company CB Holding seems to have brought some stability to East London, and Zola may not have to sell some of his stars. Some of his lesser lights may be leaving though: Continue reading

Good Luck and Thanks – Tottenham Hotspur

Triffic

Triffic

A nightmare start to the season, where they picked up just 2 points from the first 24 available led to Tottenham sacking a manager for the 2nd consecutive October. Juande Ramos left, and Harry Redknapp showed his undying loyalty to Portsmouth by walking out on them for the second time. The North Londoners finished 8th, the least a squad with their ability and combined costs should  expect. After spending almost £50 million in January, most of it to re-unite the 2007 Tottenham team, there will be some departures before the big kick-off in August:

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Good Luck and Thanks – Sunderland

After avoiding the drop by a miserable 2 points last year, Sunderland will

New Mackem's boss Steve Bruce

New Mackem's boss Steve Bruce

look to the future now they have gotten their hands on Steve Bruce. As the Geordie takes charge of his 6th club, there is a lot of clearing out to do at the Stadium of Light. Players such as Graham Kavanagh, David Connolly and Rade Prica have already left the club. Their contribution was almost non-existent over the last few years, and this is only the tip of the ice-berg. New owner Ellis Short seems keen to spend money, with a £60 million war chest said to be available. Here are a trio whose number is up in the North-East.

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Good Luck and Thanks – Stoke City

Probably the most unpopular team in the top-flight at present. Their direct

Fortress Britannia

Fortress Britannia

style and physical nature unsettled many visiting sides to the Britannia Stadium, and their superb home record meant they came a splendid 12th last season. After a year of overachievement, Stoke will look to cement their place in the top tier. The Potters became easier on eye towards the end of the term with signings like Matthew Etherington and Liam Lawerence’s return to fitness. However more quality is needed, and there will have to be a clear-out of certain players: Continue reading

Good Luck and Thanks – Portsmouth

After a season of turmoil on the South East coast, with 3 managers in charge at different intervals, Pompey stayed up with a couple of points to spare. Paul Hart seems coy when questioned about taking on the role permanently, but

Will Hart take the job?

Will Hart take the job?

would no doubt love to take on the reigns full-time. Whoever it is in charge, they will have quite a task on their hands. 15 players are out of contract at Fratton Park, and Glen Johnson has gone to Liverpool for a huge fee. The potential takeover of Portsmouth by UAE businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim could relief the financial problems at the club, which has led to stars like Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra leaving in January. 3 French members of the squad look to be on their way: Continue reading

Good Luck and Thanks – Manchester United

After the transfer sagas of  Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo, any other potential departures from Old Trafford will not create anywhere near the hype and hysteria that this duo leaving has caused. Alex Ferguson has an

Gone at last.

Gone at last.

enormous squad at his disposal, and now a transfer kitty of close to £100 million. After the humbling defeat in Rome, United will be looking to improve the quality of squad rather than adding numbers. There are a number players leaning towards the exit door at the Premier League champions: Continue reading

Good Luck and Thanks – Manchester City

There could have been a list of about 15 players for this feature on City. After using a massive 34 players in the Premier League last season, there will be a huge clearout at Middle-Eastlands this summer. After already dipping into

Next to arrive at the City of Manchester stadium.

Next to arrive at the City of Manchester stadium?

their vast pockets to purchase Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz for a combined total of £30 million, rumours of Carlos Tevez and a bid for Joleon Lescott could take the spending up to around £70 million. And it won’t stop there. While City have a splendid youth system, it seems that 3 of their graduates will be on their way, with the Citizens determined to flash the cash: Continue reading

Good Luck and Thanks – Liverpool

Five years into the Rafalution, Spaniard Rafa Benitez seems to have gotten the hang of this Premier League craic. Just find your best team and stick to it. A sustained title challenge was delivered last season for the first time since 1990, and this is the year that Liverpool will hope to go one step further and win

Will he stay or go?

Will he stay or go?

back the title that has eluded them for so long. It would be a crying shame if Steven Gerrard did not lift the Premier League trophy before he retires, and if Benitez can keep the spine of his side together, 2010 may be the year. Speculation over the finances of the club, along with constant speculation regarding the futures of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano has many fans worried about the future at Anfield. These 3 other members of the squad may not survive the summer: Continue reading