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What next for Tottenham and Harry?

harry_redknappOne of the most exhilarating Premier League seasons has drawn to a close and it is time for the clubs to introspect on their performances and improve ahead of the next campaign. The league was so well contested that eventually it came down to goal difference to actually separate champions Manchester City and Man United. Relegation battles as well as Champion's League spots were all decided on the last day, with the final Champions League spot being clinched as late as yesterday following the Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

A club that has during the course of this season been praised for its exciting brand of football, Tottenham Hotspur and its fans will have mixed feelings regarding this campaign. They have improved by leaps and bounds, a fact backed by their short-lived title challenge, which while being premature was still encouraging. But missing out on 3rd spot and with it automatic qualification for the Champions League will be a bitter pill to swallow. Third place was theirs to lose and they handed it to their bitter rivals Arsenal after an almighty collapse. Whether that is attributed to the squad being unsettled due to the rumours swirling around about the manager's future or just a thin squad which fell flat at crucial moments, the bottom line is that it is the Europa League and not the Champions League they will participate in next year.

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Kenny Dalglish's Anfield reign comes to an end

Kenny Dalglish's 2nd stint at his beloved Liverpool has come to a sad end after the Scotsman stepped down as manager today. The writing was on the wall after the 61 year old held crisis talks with the owners in America earlier this week and with little or no backing from the Fenway Sports Group the inevitable has occurred. John Henry and Tom Werner were less than enamoured with the club's disastrous showing in the Premier League and Dalglish has paid the ultimate price.

Liverpool finished a lowly 8th place, below their rivals Everton for the first time in seven years and the legendary striker also oversaw the club's worst league run in over 50 years. Although he did end their six year trophy drought by lifting the Carling Cup and took the team to the FA Cup final, where they lost to Chelsea, it was a scant return following a £120 m splurge on new recruits.

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Paul Scholes set to make another sensational comeback

Manchester United's veteran central midfielder Paul Scholes has said he is ready to discuss his national team future with new boss Roy Hodgson, who is set to announce his squad for the Euros. Retired for almost eight years now, Scholes who has already been denied a chance to represent Britain in the London Olympics this year by United boss Ferguson, could find the chance to represent his country of birth in the Euros for possibly the last time too hard to resist. The English Football Hall Of Fame inductee has earned 66 caps for the national team and scored 14 times, his last game being England's Euro 2004 quarter-final loss against Portugal. Roy Hodgson is set to announce his England squad, which travels to Poland and Ukraine, on Wednesday.

Scholes, who seemingly had retired at the end of last season, made a surprising return in January and has since excelled in the midfield role he made his own for two decades. His 4 goals in 20 matches for The Red Devils since coming out of retirement, means he has scored in every Premier League season since 1994-95. Additionally, the control he brings to the centre of the park, has seen him fit seamlessly into a fairly young United setup.

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Aston Villa part ways with Alex McLeish

A day after the end of an extremely disappointing season, Aston Villa have sacked manager Alex McLeish. Villa finished a lowly 17th, just two points off the relegation zone and the owner Randy Lerner has decided that the buck stops with the manager, thus relieving McLeish 11 months into his job. The Scotsman was always up against it as the fans were extremely unhappy with the club appointing the then Birmingham City manager. The turmoil spread after Ashley Young and Stewart Downing were sold in the summer. Villa then lost Darren Bent, Richard Dunne and Stiliyan Petrov for extended spells, which contributed to the club’s worst ever home record in a season as they picked up just four victories at Villa Park.

An official statement from the club read: “Aston Villa can confirm that Alex McLeish's contract has been terminated with immediate effect. The club has been disappointed with this season's results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans. The board wishes to assure supporters that we are conscious in every sense that Villa expects and deserves more and we will strive to deliver this. ”

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Premier League 2012-13 Points Table

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE 2012-13 POINTS TABLE

Pos Team M W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 man_utd_logo.jpg
Man United (C)
38 28 4 6 86 43 43

89

2 man_city_logo.jpg
Man City

38

23 9 6 66 34 32 78
3 chelsea_logo.jpg
Chelsea
38 22 9 7 76 40 36 75
4 arsenal_logo.jpg
Arsenal
38 21 10 7 72 37 35 73
5 tottenham_logo.jpg
Tottenham
38 21 9 8 66 46 20 72
6 everton_logo.jpg
Everton
38 16 15 7 55 40 15 63
7 liverpool_logo.jpg
Liverpool
38 16 13 9 71 43 28 61
8 west_brom_logo.jpg
West Brom
38 14 8 16 53 57 -4 49
9 swans_logo
Swansea
38 11 13 14 46 47 -1 46
10 west_ham_logo
West Ham
38 12 10 16 45 53 -8 46
11 norwich
Norwich
38 10 14 13 41 58 -17 44
12 fulham_logo.jpg
Fulham
38 10 10 17 47 60 -13 43
13 stoke_logo.jpg
Stoke City
38 10 14 14 34 45 -11 42
14 southampton
Southampton
38 10 13 15 49 60 -11 41
15 aston_villa_logo.jpg
Aston Villa
38 10 11 17 45 67 -22 41
16 newcastle_united_logo.jpg
Newcastle
38 12 8 18 45 68 -23 41
17 sunderland_logo.jpg
Sunderland
38 9 12 17 41 54 -13 39
18 wigan_logo.jpg
Wigan (R)
38 9 9 20 47 73 -26 36
19 reading
Reading (R)
38 6 10 22 43 73 -30 28
20 qpr_logo
QPR (R)
38 4 13 21 30 60 -30 25

Legend:- M-Matches W-Win L-Loss D-Draw Pts-Points GF-Goals For (goals scored) GA-Goals Against, GC - Goals Conceded GD-Goal Difference, R - Relegated, C - Champions

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