LONDON - The most popular football league in the world start to the season on Saturday and, along with the fun and excitement of the game itself - not to mention admiration solely on eye-junction suit golfers Rory McIlroy chose to wear while showing off his British Open trophy around old Trafford in Manchester - there is also a fair bit of hand-wringing of many observers of the old English Premier League.
Concerns are twofold. First, with another transfer period approached its conclusion, shift star game truly elite of England seems to continue. Now Luis Suárez will attack defenses in Spain - but not feast on them, maybe - it's not a stretch to assume that none of the top 10 players in the world currently playing in England.
It was compounded by the fact that there are not many English players who played in England (or at least play very much). With foreign players everywhere in many clubs (Manchester City have a starting lineup of all foreigners in the Community Shield last week), another round of concern over the lack of English players getting regular minutes has been cut. Last season, only about 30 percent of the starters in the Premier League are eligible to play for the England national team. Snarky fans, who probably watched England stumble at this summer's World Cup, are often quick to point out that these two issues - namely, the lack of the best players and the lack of English players - not connected.
Even so, there is no disputing that one thing the Premier League does have a lot of drama surrounding her manager. Part of this is cultural: Unlike in American sports, players in the UK (and most other countries in Europe) do not face a lot of responsibility to the news media and fans during the season. No tough questions for players to answer after the game, and there are some common explanations are given when a player has made a costly mistake. Managers, in many ways, is the only one with sound. And most do not hesitate to speak.
Consider what has happened in just the first week.
José Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, who brands himself the "Special One," began the season by showing that the other coaches in the Premier League does not face the same pressure to succeed that he did. According to Mourinho, coach of another "has 10 years to win things, I only have two." It seems that not too veiled shot at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who last won the Premier League title in 2004, and who previously described Mourinho as "a specialist in failure. "
Wenger, for his part, was not happy that his team even playing at all. With the World Cup final that was played on July 13, Wenger said the Premier League had its opening day on August 16 was at least a week too early. Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, who all played for the German World Cup champion, has not played for Arsenal on Saturday as the Gunners beat Crystal Palace 2-1. "Do not forget that the people who went to the World Cup final played seven games," said Wenger. "They need a breather."
Up in the north of England, Louis van Gaal is not a waste of time involved in the showcase Premier League manager. Van Gaal, who left his job as manager of the Dutch national team to take over at Manchester United, Alex Ferguson seems to realize that a strong history of leadership leaving colorful - one that dullish David Moyes could not fill - and Van Gaal has not hesitated to accept .
It was to be expected. Van Gaal was never embarrassed (or very simple) and has said that he had dropped his pants in front of his players when training at Bayern Munich, as a way to show that he has - literally - the courage to bench any player in the team. Since arriving at Old Trafford, Van Gaal is not forced to such action, although it was soon made clear his intention to become a micromanager, dictate that the players speak only English while on the ground, and made no secret of his desire to monitor what the players are doing even when they are not take part in team activities.
"There are a lot of rules must meet the players off the field," said Van Gaal.
Ostensibly, the method of Van Gaal will bring better results for Manchester United, though not, apparently, soon. Swansea Van Gaal spoiled opener on Saturday, defeating the Red Devils, 2-1. Van Gaal - of course - speaking after the loss, and he duly moody in his comment, saying trust this team "broke" and that "could not be worse."
For all the grief, however, difficult debut Van Gaal is not the most important managerial storylines weekend. Belongs to Tony Pulis, who was appointed as the coach of the year last season after leading the Crystal Palace from what seemed to be a near-certain relegation but could not even defend the honor it for one game. Pulis parting with Crystal Palace on Thursday - two days before the season starts - after getting into a dispute with the owner over the club's financial team.
That makes Pulis the first manager who would subvert this season after 13 managers were let go last season. Remember, there are only 20 teams.
Pulis one assistant who fills until a permanent replacement is named, and although the upheaval Crystal Palace played well enough to take an early lead against Arsenal.
The Gunners will go to reverse deficits later in the game but, for a while at least, the fans of Crystal Palace took the opportunity to unveil a song of it, especially in the Premier League, looked very strange.
"Who needs a manager?" They sang over and over again. "Who needs a manager?"