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Crespo won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2005-06, having spent Mourinho's first season at Stamford Bridge on loan at AC Milan. This has been a typical second summer of signings of him, addressing specific problems down the spine of his side, and he became the first coach in history to take his career spending to over £1 billion.

The overall view is that this will be one of the most exciting campaigns yet, but it is the Blues many are tipping to top the pile next May.

Leeds' new boss Thomas Christiansen told Radio Yorkshire the club were determined to hold onto Wood and was optimistic they could keep the 52-cap All White.

"He needs time but [his] experience, intelligence, a genius in the way he thinks - he thinks football", said Mourinho after Matic's debut.

Leicester famously defied odds of 5000/1 from the beginning of 2015-16 to win the Premier League that season, and bookmaker Marathonbet is offering the same on Brighton claiming the trophy this time around.

Christopher William Gerard Hughton was born on 11 December 1958 in Forest Gate, then part of Essex, now part of London, to a Ghanaian postman, Willie Hughton, and his Irish wife Christine née Bourke.

"For as long as the league has the format, I'll always be the first person".

It's that time of year again.

"They are keen, ambitious".

"Maybe that's something that the Premier League or PFA should address".

Quoted on Brighton's official site, he said: 'They've [Man City] been outstanding in pre-season, and if we're looking at a team gelling and showing the quality that they have, they have definitely shown that already. A prolific scorer in both Spain and Italy, Morata could prove a shrewd transfer for a team seemingly keen to move on from Diego Costa, particularly if he nets more than Lukaku. This is his shot at redemption, and he's got all the tools to prove his worth in England. Ander Herrera sits in front of him as the engine in midfield, with Pogba given more of a free role to roam forward.

Prior to the Brighton & Hove Albion job, Chris had worked with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspurs, Birmingham City, Norwich City. The penultimate game of the season was at the Goldstone Ground, Brighton's ramshackle stadium until 1997. There are enough managers with jobs they don't really want and lucrative offers in far-flung leagues to tell the story of what happens when reputations erode.

The countdowns have been going on social media for over a month now. Sven-Goran Eriksson, supposedly lined up as Ferguson's successor when retirement had been mooted a few years before, instead came in at City and was then usurped himself by the younger charms of Mark Hughes and then Roberto Mancini. Chelsea kept hiring and firing, Andre Villas-Boas succeeding Ancelotti, Roberto di Matteo succeeding in Europe and then getting the heave-ho too.

Against that backdrop, it would be a managerial masterstroke if Hughton can emulate Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe by keeping another modest club from England's sleepy south coast in the top flight. It's also the line between elite success and failure in the Premier League, especially for the big clubs.

With Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner signed from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, Brighton have quickly followed the Premier League trend, creating a multinational squad with a strong European influence.

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