Friday, 25 May 2012

Manager of the Season Nominees, EPL News and Views:

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Manager of the Season Nominees:

A: Roberto Martinez (Wigan)

Martinez: Saved Wigan from relegation this season again, and now linked with the Liverpool job.
15th place is not necessarily the best position that any manager would like to finish, but considering the fact that they were in the relegation zone for so long throughout the season, and they had a tough last 6 matches it is a miracle that they are not in the Championship. 
7 points away from the drop, after having to face Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and Fulham in their last 9 is a great achievement. 
Players like Victor Moses and Alcaraz were able to shine, and Martinez had a 'never say die' atuttide towards the fixtures and the position the club were in. He never looking under pressure and after saving Wigan from relegation for the second time in 2 years, clubs like Liverpool are now interested in giving him their managerial job.

B: Roy Hodgson (West Brom, now England)

Well done: Hodgson had a great season in charge of WBA, and as a result has been appointed as the new England manager.

No-one expected West Brom to finish in 10th place this season, and they have their manager Roy Hodgson to thank for their top 10 place. 
Peter Odemwingie was their spearhead in attack, and 13 wins and 8 draws in this league is never bad.
Hodgson was one of the only English managers in the EPL, and his performances for The Baggies caught the attention of England after Fabio Capello resigned from the managerial post.
The rest was history, and now he is currently training with his 23-man squad ahead of the Euros starting in 2 weeks.

C: Alan Pardew (Newcastle)

Inspirational: Alan Pardew has given Newcastle a place in Europe and their highest finish in the EPL since 2004.

What a season it has been for everyone at Newcastle.
5th place, and a spot in Europe for the first time in 10 years next season sealed.
Great performances and effort from all the players including Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa, Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini.
Not to mention their in-form £10million striker Papiss Cisse.
Alan Pardew is the unsung hero, and helped to gel this team together.

They will thank Liverpool for that £35million in the summer from striker Andy Carroll, and hopefully now with a higher transfer budget they can become a top club in the next few years to come.

D: David Moyes (Everton)

Solid season: David Moyes pushed Everton to 7th place this season.

7th place is never a bad place to come in the EPL, especially when you are ahead of your fierce rivals, and in this case for Everton it is Liverpool who they leapfrogged.
They played well in the domestic cups also, getting to the semi-finals of the FA Cup before getting narrowly beaten 2-1 by Liverpool.

Winner of the 'Signing of the Season' poll will be revealed soon...

EPL News:

Fulham forward Clint Dempsey has hinted at a move from Fulham after admitting he is desperate to play in the Champions League.

Off to Arsenal? Fulham forward Clint Dempsey wants a move to a CL club and Arsenal are interested in him.

Dempsey said: "I am grateful for everything Fulham have done for me.
"Some of the best memories I have in soccer have been there, but the fact remains that I want to play in the Champions League. I want to play at the highest level possible.
"I am always going to want to play in Champions League. It is something I have never done. I would like to test myself at that level.

Liverpool will reportedly have to pay Wigan £3million if they want Roberto Martinez as their new manager.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has told Martinez to think very carefully about joining Liverpool as he will have no control over the transfers. 

Fulham have made a £3.5million bid for Huddersfield's in-form striker Jordan Rhodes, but they have rejected it, and called it a 'laughable' bid.

West Brom's hunt for a new manager continues as Birmingham boss Chris Hughton and Claudio Ranieri have both been shortlisted as their favourites.

PSG are interested in Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, and he says that he would not mind moving there as he is interested in their 'French Revolution', and wants to play in the Champions League next season, something that they can offer him.

Brazilian club Gremio have announced the signing of full-back Fabio Aurelio after the player was released by Liverpool today.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted he lost faith in himself last season, and is gutted that he did not start the Champions League Final last Saturday.
This is motivation to do better and become Chelsea's spearhead in attack after the departure of Didier Drogba.

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