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The Premier League's other new managers includes Moyes and Koeman

Plenty has been written about the Premier League's new superstar managers, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte, but there are plenty more new faces in the division. Iain Macintosh takes a look at the other arrivals.

David Moyes - Sunderland

Three years ago, Moyes stood on the threshold of greatness as he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as the first new Manchester United manager in over 27 years. In six months' time, it's quite possible that Moyes' career could effectively be over. If he fails with Sunderland, as he failed with United and Real Sociedad, he will find it very difficult to land another top flight job.

But let's not allow short-term memories to obscure long-term records. Moyes landed the United job because of years of consistent achievement at Everton, not to mention a knack of developing good young players. He is, without a doubt, exactly the sort of manager Sunderland need. But there is a reason why this club has been battling relegation for so long. The squad, for one reason or another, always underachieves. If Moyes can recruit well, while maintaining the effort levels demonstrated by the team under his predecessor Sam Allardyce, then Sunderland will be fine. But if he can't hang onto his best players or sufficiently strengthen the squad, it could get messy.

Ronald Koeman - Everton

Eyebrows were raised at Koeman's summer move from Southampton to Everton and questions were asked whether it was really a step up? But the Dutchman remembers well that Everton were one of the best teams in Europe in the 1980s and clearly he believes that he can push them back in that direction again.

He has the financial backing of a rich new owner, Farhad Moshiri, and the foundations laid by previous managers. Spending has been restrained so far, but you can see already what Koeman is attempting to achieve. Idrissa Gueye's aggression should solidify a lightweight midfield, while the replacement of John Stones with Swansea's Ashley Williams will mean a less fancy, but more formidable, defence. And how Everton need one of those.

Koeman demonstrated great tactical flexibility at Southampton, shuffling his forward line and flicking between back fours and back threes, but what this club really needs is some backbone. For his part, the only thing Koeman needs is patience. Breaking back into the top six this year will not be easy, but with the club's new found riches, the next three or four years could be very interesting.

Walter Mazzarri - Watford

Don't expect the Italian manager to quit smoking any time soon. The former Inter Milan boss is Watford's seventh manager in four years -- in fact, you have to go back to Aidy Boothroyd's 2005-08 reign to find the last man to complete 100 games for the Hornets.

This is an unforgiving post, but let's not forget that Mazzarri is the man who restored Napoli as a serious contender for Serie A, finishing second in 2013. His flying 3-4-3 formation gave wings to one of the most exciting teams in Europe. If nothing else, his appointment at Vicarage Road is a sign of how far the club has come in a short space of time. But while the forward-thinking scouting network run by the Pozzo family owners (and shared with Udinese and Granada) is exceptional, there are more traditional problems to be overcome, like uniting the dressing room.

This is a disparate, multinational squad and it will not be easy for a new manager to cultivate spirit and understanding. The fixture list hasn't been kind either. A trip to Southampton will be followed by the visit of Chelsea and then Arsenal. That's enough to make anyone reach for the cigarettes.

Claude Puel - Southampton

Southampton generally avoid a "flavour of the month" style of managerial recruitment, preferring to pick a man specifically to fit their system. This summer, they've done both. Puel's impressive fourth place finish with Nice last season made him hot property in Europe, but his commitment to principles of pragmatism, patience and promising young players made him perfect for the Saints.

Under the aegis of Executive Director of Football Les Reed, Southampton have consistently bought and sold well, drawing a regular stream of income from Liverpool in particular in recent years. Pick of the new arrivals this summer is former Pep Guardiola prodigy Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern. Last season Puel revitalised Hatem Ben Arfa to such an extent that PSG bought him. Imagine what he can do with Hojbjerg.

Hull City - Mike Phelan

Caretaker manager Phelan is exactly the sort of man you want in a crisis. He brings vast experience, both as a player and as a coach at Manchester United. He's calm, measured and respected. He can, should he so desire, pick up the phone and seek the advice of Ferguson at any given moment. But he has very little chance of saving Hull City.

In fact, Ferguson himself probably wouldn't be save Hull from the drop in their present state. They've lost key players to injury, while Mohamed Diame chose to join a lower division club in Newcastle. Last weekend, Phelan had just 12 senior players available for the friendly with Torino but at least he can be fairly sure that he's not going to be sacked in the near future. No-one in their right mind would take this job right now.

Iain Macintosh covers the Premier League and Champions League for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @IainMacintosh.


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