Whether a club is big or small, or a manager is a Premier League vet or a greenhorn, each new boss faces challenges taking over a team. With seven new men in charge at seven clubs, here's a look at the tasks at hand for the Premier League's new chiefs.
Antonio Conte — Chelsea
Following Jose Mourinho's midseason dismissal last season, Conte now takes over the Chelsea reins from caretaker Guus Hiddink. He inherits far from a bare cupboard, but the dishes definitely need some polish. After winning the 2014/15 EPL title, Chelsea plummeted to 10th last season. With no European football to worry about, Conte will have plenty of downtime to figure out what he needs to do to get Chelsea back among Europe's elite. Getting Eden Hazard out of his funk would go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.
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Ronald Koeman — Everton
After a successful spell at Southampton, Koeman steps into an Everton team desperate the take the next step. Based on last season's finishes (Southampton were five places and 16 points higher than Everton), the job switch could be argued as a downgrade. The biggest difference, though, is that Southampton are undeniably a selling club whereas Everton (at least in their eyes) consider themselves a "big club." He'll likely have a bigger budget to work with, but he'll still face a monster hill to compete with the big boys.
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Pep Guardiola — Manchester City
Another disappointing season (by City standards) meant that the Manuel Pellegrini era had run its course. Fortunately, Man City lured one of the best soccer minds on the planet in Guardiola to replace the Chilean. Pep comes into a City squad that finished fourth last season, putting them in the Champions League playoff round. The Spaniard's biggest challenge will be reaching the heights he did with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, primarily in the form of Champions League glory. Securing their first Champions League title would be a master stroke.
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Jose Mourinho — Manchester United
Talk about a dream hire at the Theatre of Dreams. Following another acrimonious departure from Chelsea, Mourinho finally landed at United in Louis van Gaal's sted. United, meanwhile, are desperate to right the ship after years of substandard results. The Special One wasted little time making inroads toward returning United's glory, breaking the transfer record to acquire star midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus. It could be said that Mourinho's biggest challenge actually lies in the years ahead. His trophy cabinet is loaded, but his longevity at clubs is a different matter. He'll need to prove his staying power at Old Trafford to really solidify his legacy.
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Claude Puel — Southampton
Koeman is out, and in comes Puel from Nice to take over the helm at Southampton. Despite finishing just three points shy of Champions League qualification last season, Puel has a handful of challenges ahead of him at Southampton. Chief among those challenges will be replenishing a roster that underwent another sales bonanza. The Saints have been on the ascendancy since their return to the Premier League in 2012/13, but have they plateaued? Where will the goals come from after selling players like Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle this summer? Puel has a lot to sort out in his first EPL stint.
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David Moyes — Sunderland
Welcome back, Moyes! Or is it? Moyes boasts the fourth-most all-time games managed in the Premier League, but could find victories a bit harder to come by at Sunderland than he did at Everton and Manchester United. Moyes' biggest challenge with the Black Cats as simple as it is complex: win. Win, and Sunderland can finally get out of their perennial relegation fight. How they will come about those wins is the biggest detail missing. But enough to keep Sunderland fans from sweating the drop for a whole season would go a long way.
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Walter Mazzarri — Watford
If not for Leicester's miraculous title run last season, Watford would have a challenge for the title of the Premier League's surprise package of 2015/16. Mazzarri, who has been out of work since his dismissal at Inter in 2013, is charged with building upon Watford's mid-table finish last season. With Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney in their primes, at ages 27 and 28, respectively, Mazzarri has a solid attacking force at his disposal. The Hornets have been busy in the transfer market, earmarking €15 million for 20-year-old attacker Isaac Success from Granada. Assuming relegation isn't a threat, Mazzarri's biggest task could be finding a way to rotate Success in alongside Ighalo and Deeney.