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5 winners and losers From the Premier League 2013/14 season

Winners

  1. Pellegrini

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Manuel Pellegrini has come here and in his first season regained the title for Manchester City. While they have been far from perfect he has delivered the title among fresh challenges from Chelsea and Liverpool.

The progress made through the Champions League must also be noted and Pellegrini and City should be even  better in 14/15 after his first season in English football.

They have been able to play some fantastic football at times, particularly at the Etihad, and are deservedly the Premier League Champions.

 

  1. Liverpool

brendan and suarez

A huge year for both manager and star player,  despite falling at the final hurdle. Rodgers has transformed Liverpool and the future looks bright for the Anfield club. They will learn from their mistakes this term, by surely strengthening their defence over the summer to give them another shot next season.  At the start of the season Suarez was banned following his biting incident with Ivanovic, but this campaign he has been trouble free(relatively) and has had an incredible season on the pitch as he has scoped all the individual awards as he spearheaded Liverpool’s title challenge.

 

  1. England talent

young england

All the talk of England struggling to bring players through, has been challenged this year with the emergence of several up and coming stars which should bring a bright future for this summer and the major tournaments to come. Liverpool have contributed greatly to this with Sterling, Sturridge and Henderson all having great years. Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana have all also stood out as well and i am quite optimistic about the world cup in Brazil.

The future is bright, the future is England.

  1. Tony Pulis

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This one doesn’t need any more proof than a copy of the league table.  A remarkable turn around for a club that looked buried before Christmas ,as they survived in the Premier League for the first time. The fighting spirit and comeback against Liverpool in a game which had nothing riding on it for Palace shows everything about the club and Pulis.

  1. Gus Poyet

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Like Pulis, the Uruguayan has performed a great escape of his own up in the north east. The final run in performances at Chelsea, City and Man United were all spectacular. Add in a cup final appearance when they unlucky to lose and it is a remarkable turn around from the dark days of Di Canio.

 

Losers

  1. Mike Ashley/Pardew

pardew ashley

Living in the North East I hear more of the Geordie gossip than most, however this has ran and ran this season. Ashley is enemy number one with Pardew not far behind. A new contract for Pards will surely see the fans on their back once again in 14/15 unless Newcastle come flying out the blocks.

  1. David Moyes

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Which ever way you  look at it, David Moyes tenure as Manchester United manager will be seen as a disaster from start to finish. It would dent the confidence of any manager in the game and hopefully Moyes will come back whenever he decides to return.

3. Vincent Tan

vincent tan

The foreign businessman gone wrong. Malky Mackay had newly promoted Cardiff comfortable in the Premier League. Tan did not want Mackay to remain as manager, a break down in relations right in the public limelight ended with Mackay being sacked and replaced by Man United legend Ole Gunner Solskjaer. They finished bottom with a wimper and never really looked like staying up

  1. RVP

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In 2012/13 the signing of Robin Van Persie was the difference between Man United and their title challenges as he helped them lift the Premier League Crown.  This season he was one of the main reasons on the pitch why David Moyes struggled, he did not help the cause.

  1. Greg Dyke/FA Commission

greg dyke

Technically not  in the Premier League, but still as a lower league fan I wanted to stick it in. Everyone  in the country knows the national team has underachieved, so what do we do, set up a high profile exclusive panel to come up with ideas, the outcome a proposed  extra division between League two and the conference so the elite teams can have B teams.  Good work chaps.

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Liverpool’s time to regain place at the summit of English football ?

Following Liverpool’s dramatic victory over Manchester City on Sunday at Anfield, they are now firm favourites to win their first English league title since 1990.

The emotion around the ground leapt out from sky’s coverage, not just because of the importance of the game, but more importantly the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. This emotion was on show for all to see on Liverpool’s captain Stevens Gerrard’s face, as he struggled to hold it together upon the final whistle.

Gerrard more than anyone else embodies Liverpool as a club and it will be fitting if he caps off a fantastic career by adding the one club trophy that has eluded him so far, the Premier League title.

Liverpool’s progression under Brendan Rodgers has been nothing short of remarkable and it has been refreshing to see them back pushing for the league title. While Suarez has grabbed a lot of the headlines, rightfully so, the English core of Liverpool’s team has played a huge role in their success. Aside from Gerrard, Englishmen, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson have all had stand out seasons, none of which were particular expected.

For me Henderson is  the one who has most surprised me. As a youngster at Sunderland he looked a very promising talent and since Rodgers has come to the club he has started to show more of his potential. For me I would start him for England in Brazil alongside team mate Gerrard.

Despite the victory over City, two problems have arose from the weekend  for Liverpool. Daniel Strurridge and Jordan Henderson. Despite Strurridge looking out of sorts the last few weeks, he has still been a crucial part of their success this season and it is unclear what the extent of his injury is. Jordan Hendersons last minute red card was deserved for a late lunge brought on by the pressure of the game and he will now miss three of the final four games including the fixture vs Chelsea. At the start of the season I would never have believed Henderson would have had such a good  campaign, however he will be a loss as he has been one of the key parts to Liverpool’s success this season, Joe Allan or Lucas will come into his place.

All that stands in the way of Liverpool from capturing the league title is four games, four wins will see them lift the trophy, but as Gerrard and Rodgers stated in post match interviews the job is far from over yet.

First they travel to a Norwich side next weekend, who are looking more and more likely to be playing Championship football next season. Chris Hughton recently was relived of his post as manager and following the sides defeat at Fulham at the weekend ,they are now only two points off the relegation zone.  Norwich should not pose any problems to a Liverpool side at the height of their confidence.

Then comes  the last major hurdle, the visit of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea to Anfield. Like yesterday if Liverpool approach the game positively they can win the game and remain in the poll position to regain the title.

After Chelsea the last two games on paper should be ok for the Reds, Crystal Palace and Newcastle. Both could provide tough opposition on their day, but now neither have anything to play for, hence a upset would be extremely unlikely from two sides likely  thinking of the summer and sunny beaches rather then stopping Liverpool’s march to the title.

I think that this is Liverpool’s time, they may not get as good a chance at the title again in the near future, next season will bring the added impact of the Champions League on a side which currently at least does not have the biggest squad.

Despite the pressure they will now be under as clear title favourites, I think they will get across the line and for a neutral, such as myself, I will gladly enjoy seeing Steven Gerrard lift the Premier League Crown his career deserves.