An interesting quirk of the upcoming Premier League season is that the spotlight will be more focused on the managers, especially of the five richest clubs, rather than the players.
Arsène Wenger is close to completing his 20th year in charge of Arsenal and Jürgen Klopp will be looking to push on in his first full season at Liverpool.
They’ll be joined by newcomers in the form of Antonio Conte at Chelsea and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, while José Mourinho returns to the Premier League to take charge at Manchester United.
There will be varying degrees of pressure on each of those five but ultimately results will matter and it’s unlikely that all of them will still be in those jobs by the end of the season.
That should make the 2016/17 even more intriguing.
While the talk will be of winning the title, the absolute minimum expectation will be a top-four finish and, obviously, five doesn’t go into four.
It would also be wrong to write off reigning champions, Leicester; a young Tottenham team that would’ve grown from last season’s title challenge; and a West Ham side that was unbeaten against all of the ‘big five’ last season.
They all have highly capable managers and realistic chances of competing for the Champions League places.
Guardiola and Klopp will be afforded time to focus on long-term projects at their clubs and unless results are abysmal, or they lose the respect of the dressing room, both will have still have their jobs next May.
The same could be said of Conte, though given Chelsea’s recent history with managers, it is imperative that the Italian starts well.
It’s unlikely that Wenger would be sacked by Arsenal after such a long period of time at the club, though he could be persuaded to step down if the Gunners don’t look like achieving a 21st consecutive top-four finish.
Perhaps the most interesting situation will be regarding Mourinho.
The Portuguese has never spent more than three seasons at a club and will be expected to bring instant success- something that is well within his capability provided he is backed in the transfer market.
However, the club hierarchy must be hoping that he doesn't turn the campaign into a chance for revenge against his many former adversaries- both managers and clubs.
His appointment at Old Trafford was greeted with trepidation by many supporters and if he struggles on the pitch and causes problems off it, he could see himself out of a job before the season ends.
There is also the added prospect that Sam Allardyce will be the next England manager and he won’t hold back from voicing his opinion if the need arises.
A fascinating season awaits and it could be a case of last man standing as these managerial heavyweights fight for Premier League supremacy.