Now that the Premier League season has come to a close, it’s time for a retrospective look at events from the 2012-13 season. In my opinion, it hasn’t been an exhilarating season by any means, with the title race a breeze for Manchester United.
But this season is something else: It will be the last time that Sir Alex Ferguson will be at the helm of Manchester United. After 26 years and a whopping 24 major trophies (13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and two Champions League medals) the world’s greatest and most successful coach is departing the game. His presence in the game will be sorely missed and there is no doubting that Britain will take some time before someone of that calibre will make his mark.
Anyway, back to the league and how much of the entertainment came from the battle of the top four, which went down to the wire.
It was pretty evident that United would be champions; City’s poor form and lacklustre showing shows a team very much in need for some reinforcements next season. But it will be under a new manager, with Roberto Mancini sacked. Call it unjust or unfair, but with rumors of player unrest, the sacking came as no surprise.
Arsenal who, despite fighting tough all year, ended another season in the top four, at the expense of their London rivals, Tottenham. Chelsea had a typical Chelsea season: the prospect of an era of dominance, followed by sacking Roberto Di Matteo and the cycle to start all over again, with the appointment of much maligned Rafael Benitez. The era will start again soon, with the ‘Special One’ rumored to return.
Liverpool are under a new boss, Mr Brendan Rodgers, who wants to begin some new form of a dynasty, and showing that will take time to get there. Everton, once again showed they can handle it with the big boys in David Moyes’ last season in charge.
West Bromwich, Swansea and West Ham all had decent seasons, pushing above their weight. Southampton, too, showed that you can play fantastic football and avoid the drop.
Of course, we’ve had to deal with QPR and the lack of Harry “Houdini” Redknapp saving their skin. Reading looked good, then sacked Brian McDermott, and now they’re gone. Aston Villa has been playing with fire all season, despite the exciting arrival of Paul Lambert. And Wigan Athletic provided us with some of the most bittersweet moments of the year: beating Manchester City in the FA Cup, but sadly failed to stay up for another season.