Recently I was reading an article in lifehacker.com, “Top 10 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging You (and How to Beat It)” — you know, a little light reading before bed and all that — when I was struck by the similarities between the 10 ways and the way that managers handle their transfer dealings.
OK. Here are my, admittedly amateurish, predictions for this season of the Premier League. Feel free to comment and call me crazy, or pronounce my genius. At the end of the season, I’ll do another column and we’ll see just how wrong I was. 2009-10 Champions? Chelsea.
Roberto Martinez is set to be confirmed as the new manager of Wigan Athletic. The appointment is a very sensible one, as Martinez guided Swansea from League One mediocrity to the cusp of the Championship playoff with essentially the same squad — a key skill heading into a club managing to survive in the Premier League despite limited means. The appointment is also a just reward for one of the young up-and-coming managers making their way in the lower divisions in England, but it does highlight a curious trend: the disappearance of the English football manager.
Liverpool’s need to find a backup to Fernando Torres is well-known. Missed matches by the Spaniard and Steven Gerrard may have very well contributed to their second-place finish behind Manchester United this past season in the Premier League. But is Rafa looking in the wrong place for depth?