Straight from the dugout

Australian Four Four Two - - NEWS - You can fol­low me or send me a tweet on @Kev­inAirs442 Kevin Airs Editor

Last year’s English Premier League sea­son was cer­tainly one for the books. Now for that tricky fol­low-up act – what, in­deed, can the league pro­duce in 2016-17 to im­prove upon what Le­ices­ter City and com­pany did? As a pos­si­ble start­ing point, we can re­fer to item num­ber one in our “81 Things We Want From the New Sea­son”. For all the play­ing tal­ent that the EPL’s fi­nan­cial power brings in, it has be­come even more pro­nounced on the side­line. The cal­i­bre of man­agers lead­ing the power clubs is truly im­pres­sive: Guardi­ola, Mour­inho, Klopp, Conte, Po­chet­tino, Rainieri, Wenger. The daunt­ing thought is that one of these high-pow­ered fig­ures will be star­ing at the re­al­ity of a sixth-place league fin­ish (or worse), and the off-field drama that re­sults will be fas­ci­nat­ing in it­self. For the start of this sea­son at least, there should be a sense of pos­si­bil­ity with ev­ery club. Al­though it’s more than likely that the big, fa­mil­iar names will re­assert them­selves, we can at least en­joy this mo­ment in which ev­ery team’s sup­port­ers can tell them­selves that if things go right for them, they might just achieve a spot on the ta­ble, a place in Europe, a tro­phy fi­nal that for­merly seemed well out of reach. You’ll also no­tice a new look for the mag­a­zine. Hope you like it, and let us know what you think of it.

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