We continue our postseason review of the Premier League with the big questions bearing down on 22 (soon to be 23) teams. Twenty Premier League sides (and two already-promoted Championship clubs) have work to do in order to achieve their aims. Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs, and Man City want to a UEFA Champions League title. Manchester United, too, but the Red Devils join Arsenal as sides aiming to compete for titles. Others, like West Ham, Everton, and Southampton, are prepared to grow toward top-end competitions, while Stoke City and Leicester City hope to take the next step after relatively disappointing campaigns. What’s the top question for each team? Read on… Arsenal – This one’s easy: Forget
Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night. The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job. Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010. The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season. In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.
This one’s for two chairmen, Steve Parish of Crystal Palace and John Williams of West Bromwich Albion, if anyone’s passing along advice from a writer with exactly zero Premier League experience. There’s a temptation to leave well enough alone with managers, an allure made only more seductive by the fact that coaching stability is almost contrarian in the high-turnover world of the Premier League. And if you’re goal is to just survive every year, then by all means, read no further. You have your men in Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce. Before we go any further, let’s admit to some prejudices. Pulis’ management preference to often bunker down and strip attacking talents of freedom, at least on the