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New innings, new challenges: EPL's fresh crop of bosses

The build-up to the new European club football season has seen hectic activity as some of the giant institutions have gone in for a change at the helm and installed new managers.

sports Updated: Aug 11, 2013 03:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Gerardo Martino,Barcelona,David Moyes

Gerardo Martino


Previous club: Newell’s Old Boys

Challenges this season
Leading the most successful club in recent years won’t be an easy task for Martino, who has no experience of coaching in Europe. Barcelona have reached such a stature that fans will expect nothing less than couple of trophies from the Argentine. Another challenge is the adaptation of Guardiola’s high pressing tactic whic h was almost forgotten with Vilanova.

New signings:
Bojan Krkic (from AS Roma for £11.44 million)
Neymar (from Santos for £50.16 million)

Coaching style
Has always believed that it is the ball that should do the running, and not the player, creating a possession-based game that ensured his team would always be the protagonist. His style is far more balanced. Like Barcelona, he favours a 4-3-3 that moves elegantly into a 3-4-3 going forward.

Career success rate
Wins: 44.07%
Draws: 27.97%
Losses: 27:97%
Note: Martino’s overall stats only includes his stint at Newell’s

“I feel identified with the style of football Barcelona play. I am an admirer of the work that Guardiola did. It’s the style I like the most. The respect for the ball, they play the ball from the back,the possession, the triangulations.

David Moyes
Manchester United

Previous club: Everton

Challenges this season
The magnitude of the job that Moyes is walking into is huge, especially getting into the shoes of Alex Ferguson. The more quickly he gets to winning ways, the more quickly he will get the fans on his side. United fans are used to winning and they’re also used to being entertained and that’s what his biggest challenge will be.

New signings
Guillermo Varela (From Penarol Montevideo for £1.54 million)
“Anybody managing United would have a challenge, even Sir Alex. But for somebody following Sir Alex, that’s the hardest thing to do. What he did for 25 years will be difficult to repeat. It will be incredible for anybody else to achieve that.”

Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid

Previous Club: Paris St Germain

Challenges this season
He may not say so but leading Real will be a different challenge for the Italian all together. The hierarchy wants instant results and they are investing heavily in the transfer market, including a world record bid for Gareth Bale, to give Ancelotti all the firepower as he bids to bring trophies to Santiago Bernabeu, which includes the most elusive Champions League title.

New signings
Daniel Carvajal (From Bayer Leverkusen for £5.72 million)
Casemiro (From Sao Paulo for £5.28 million)
Isco (From Malaga for £26.40 million)
Asier Illarramendi (From Real Sociedad for £26.40 million)

“Winning the Champions League is a great goal for the club. I have the ambition, the responsibility for that. It is a huge motivation. I don’t think the pressure here is any greater than other clubs. It’s part of coach’s work. The problem is to deal with it but it’s normal.”

Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich

Previous Club: Barcelona

Challenges this season
He will be under pressure to emulate the success achieved by predecessor Jupp Heynckes. Having built a pedigree during his time at Barcelona, where he won 14 titles in four years, Bavarian fans will expect him to reach same heights with Bayern. It remains to be seen whether he will enforce the Barca style or stick to the way Bayern played last season.

New signings
Jan Kirchhoff (From Mainz on free transfer); Mario Gotze (From Borussia Dortmund for £32.56 million); Thiago Alcantara (From Barcelona for £22 million)
“It’s not easy always having to win. People believe we’ll win six or seven nil, but that’s just not possible. The supporters want more and more and more, but I have only been with the team for six to seven weeks, I need more time. I’m just a normal coach. I’m not some super trainer.”

Jose Mourinho

Previous club: Real Madrid

Challenges this season
During his previous stint at Chelsea, then at Inter Milan and Real Madrid the squad at Mourinho’s disposal was well settled and competitive. In his second stint at Stamford Bridge, the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ will have to reinvent himself and get the most out of the young boys.

New signings
Mark Schwarzer (From Fulham on free transfer)
Andre Schurrle (From Bayer Leverkusen for £19.36 million)
Marco van Ginkel (from Vitesse Arnhem for £8.27 million)
Cristian Cuevas (From O’Higgins for £1.67 million)
Stipe Perica (From NK Zadar for £2.15 million)

“The reality is that my job this term is different because I have a team of very young people and I’m preparing them not just for this year but for the future.”

Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City

Previous club: Malaga

Challenges this season
The Chilean is noted for his ability to mould successful teams playing attacking and entertaining football. Manchester City lacked that last season as they surrendered their title to Manchester United. Pellegrini is going to inherit a talented squad but the challenge will be to manage the egos of big name players. He will require to win over the players and his man management skills will come to play which did cost Mancini, who was in charge for three years, his job.

New signings
Fernandinho (From Shakhtar Donetsk for £35.2 million)
Jesus Navas (From Sevilla for £17.6 million)
Alvaro Negredo (From Sevilla for £22 million)
Stevan Jovetic (From Fiorentina for £22.88 million)

“For me, it’s very important that my team has a winning mentality. I’m not saying that was not the way with Manchester City before, I’m not comparing with Roberto Mancini or Mark Hughes. I’m just telling you what I think about the club that I want to manage.”

First Published: Aug 11, 2013 00:29 IST