Premier League’s biggest-ever managerial battle, Mourinho, Guardiola, Klopp, Conte, Ranieri, Wenger and More..

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Whereas managers used to be appointed to bring success to football clubs, it now feels that football clubs need spending power and success so they can attract the best managers.

The Barclays Premier League might not have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but we’re about to enter the age of the Super-Manager.

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Look who will be on our shores next season, surnames that are brand names. Mourinho. Guardiola. Klopp. Wenger. Pochettino. Conte. And who can forget Ranieri. You can bet if there are more miracles next season, the headline is as likely to be ‘Claudio Ranieri wins Champions League’ as Leicester or Jamie Vardy doing it.

It’s easy to be po-faced about it but there’s no doubt interest will go through the roof in the coming months because of the managerial stardust in the Premier League.

These are giants of the game, more famous than their players, known throughout the world and with their own identifiable characters to ensure this soap opera will get top ratings.

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Jose Mourinho is the Special One, arrogant, confrontational, a serial winner who is downright rude at times. Pep Guardiola is the angel to his devil, creating football as art and splitting his tight trousers while doing it.

At Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is already mentioned in the same breath as Bill Shankly and Kenny Dalglish in terms of charisma if not achievements quite yet.

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Then you’ve got the Italians, Antonio Conte and Ranieri. The latter has already charmed us with his pizzas, opera and Dilly Dong but Conte is going to be equally fascinating.

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A coach of Juventus and Italy, he is known to be authoritarian with his players and bases his team on tough defending. Whether that works at Chelsea with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa as well as the lingering presence of John Terry is open to debate.

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