End of Season Premier League Review
It appears the Gunners found they need to spend a minimum of £42.4m to secure a fourth place finish. Quadruple that and the title might beckon next year…
Arsene Wenger has proved you don’t win anything with just youngsters. Whatever Paul Lambert was trying to achieve, it certainly hasn’t worked.
With new owner Vincent Tan changing their kit from blue to red, there may well have been changes on the menu replacing pasta to pad Thai. After this season, it’s more like bad Thai.
Declaring himself as the ‘Happy One’ in his first press conference, Jose Mourinho looked far from that at times this term. Expect swift changes in the summer.
Where Eagles dare, Tony Pulis soars. Taking the club from inside the relegation zone to a mid-table finish, quite rightly earned him the Premier League Manager of the Season Award.
The Toffees really got stuck in this campaign. Manager Roberto Martinez might have much to chew over in the summer after just missing out on a Champions League place.
Renowned for pulling teams out of trouble, boss Felix Magath couldn’t quite inspire the ‘Great Escape’.
Steve Bruce has roared the Tigers into an FA Cup final appearance, and despite finishing four points outside of the drop zone, managed to sign quality in January.
The liver bird has had its wings clipped in recent seasons, though under Brendan Rodgers the Reds are once again flying high, just missing out on the title. A trophy next term will appease fans further.
Manuel Pellegrini literally did do his job in his first season in charge. Known as the engineer, because he is one, the Chilean transformed City into a functional, working machine that produces results and two trophies to match.
Sometimes there are no words. In other news, everyone at the club has booked their summer holidays. No one is going to Europe.
A mid-table finish always seemed the likeliest outcome. A Europa League place could be a possibility if manager Alan Pardew uses his head next season. Oh, wait…
The Canaries have found themselves in a flap this season. Their failure to score goals, and keep clean sheets inevitably led to relegation.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, the Saints kept marching on. With a crop of English talent, the south coast club are putting down roots in the Premier League, and an eighth place finish exceeded expectations. Can they keep hold of their stars though?
The potters will have irons in their furnace for next season. It was a year of transition with Mark Hughes in charge, whose change in style still led Stoke to a respectable ninth place.
How quickly fans can change in a season. From being some of the most disgruntled with Paolo Di Canio in charge, languishing in drop zone when he left, his replacement Gus Poyet inspired scenes of delight after keeping the Black Cats up.
It was sink or swim time for Swans manager Michael Laudrup after authorising a huge outlay in the summer. Promptly replaced by Garry Monk, it could be a struggle for the 2014/15 campaign with big players expected to leave.
White Hart Lane seems to have lost its heart this term. Undoubtedly Gareth Bale made them tick, and Tim Sherwood who took over AVB as manager was only able to lead them to a Europa League position.
West Bromwich Albion
Pepe Mel left with his head held high knowing that he at least avoided relegation. The Baggies will expect a better 2014/15 campaign after disappointment this year.
West Ham United
Although branded as boring, Sam Allardyce knows how to keep teams in the Premier League. Hammers fans will have wanted Europe, which poses the question, do they actually swallow the formula that they’re meant to blow bubbles with?