The Premier League season is still six weeks away and the team landscapes are far from certain.
We know enough, however, about the managers looking to guide their side to glory next term. The heroics of Leicester City last season has given every club, regardless of size and past performance, cause for hope.
Predicting what will happen is impossible, but here are five managerial predictions anyway.
1. Arsene Wenger to retire at the end of the season
After 20 years, three Premier League titles and six FA Cups, Wenger will walk away from the Emirates next May. His time in charge is a tale of two halves. The first decade brought huge success. Three league titles, including the unbeaten season of 2003/4, plus three FA Cups. It was the decade of the double double.
The second decade has been much like Arsenal in the second half of the season, that is to say it fell below expectation. Even as rival sides faltered under new management, Arsenal were unable to capitalise and secure a fourth Premier League title.
Alhough he is Arsenal’s most successful manager, that elusive league title takes the shine off an otherwise excellent career.
2. Jurgen Klinsmann to become England manager
Currently the boss of the US national team, Klinsmann is perfect for the England job and has already received the backing from ex-England and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. Familiar with the Premier League, media and fan expectations, Klinsmann’s style and personality suits the English game.
Methodical, clinical, sensible, Klinsmann brings quality and a steadying influence at a time when the Three Lions need to take a long hard look at themselves and rebuild from the bottom up.
3. Dennis Bergkamp to become Arsenal manager
With Wenger finally moving on, Dennis Bergkamp will arrive at the Emirates next summer. A Gunner through and through, Bergkamp is currently an assistant manager at Dutch side Ajax and has already been tipped as a possible successor to Wenger.
Bergkamp understands what it is to be a Gunner and knows what it takes to win. A fan favourite and a footballing icon, perhaps it will be he who brings the Premier League title back to Arsenal.
4. Jose Mourinho to guide Manchester United to second place in the Premier League
Mourinho’s return to management will be punctuated by a resurgent Manchester United. While the ongoing frailties will continue in midfield and at the set piece, the Mourinho effect and the addition of new blood at the club will see United return to being a title winning side.
However, United will fall short and finish second behind their city rivals in the title race. With an already stellar squad at City, the arrival of Pep Guardiola will have a similar effect at the Etihad.
5. Ryan Giggs to take first managers job in the Championship
After almost 30 years at Manchester United, Ryan Giggs will finally decide to break free and go it alone. Unhappy with the reduced role offered under the new management of Jose Mourinho, Giggs will find himself in the Championship where he will get his first experience in the hotseat.
Whether he can translate all he has learned at United and under Sir Alex Ferguson will be one of the enduring stories of the 2016/17 season.