The national transfer window is closed and we are just hours away from the return of Premier League football. As Leicester City take on Manchester United in what will no doubt see a line of Jose Mourinho excuses ready if the Old Trafford team don’t win, but there will be a few changes in the coming season across the leagues and competitions.
Managers this season will see themselves on the end of a ban if they go too far, in the way of poor behaviour. Four warnings from the ref and it’s a single one match ban. If the manager or coaching staff are pushing the enraged button even more and accrue another four taking the warnings to eight then it’s a two game ban. If they go on the crazy train of anger, and get twelve warnings it’s a three game ban and 16 it’s an FA misconduct charge and no doubt a whole lot of unhappiness.
We might expect to see technology being used in the technical area in the form of handheld devices, although for some managers later in the season, they might just be checking the news sites to check if they have been sacked before the end of the game. Rules had to be changed and those who choose to use unauthorised equipment will get removed from the touch line and anyone attempting to use it to show officials replays of poor decisions will be shown zero tolerance. It was seen as a way as players and officials would communicate and would be no real way of stopping it.
Suspensions see changes as players will who get yellow cards will only count towards the competition they are in. A yellow card in the FA Cup would not affect Premier League discipline. Sadly though for those receiving a red card will though see their suspension affect all competitions. The brighter or not so brighter news is that suspensions could be increased or decreased.
Bans will take place after five yellow cards, with a 19 game cut off, ten yellow cards with a 32 game cut off and for fifteen by the end of the season, although that might be the least of their worries if they have reached fifteen yellow cards.
So the Carabao Cup (Why on earth are Carabao still sponsoring this competition) sees changes too. All games that are level at 90 minutes will go straight to penalties. There will be no more extra time, so maybe that will see clubs play to win if they don’t quite fancy it, There will be no more ABBA, don’t panic the greatest Swedish musical export is still around, but the ABBA format for penalty shootouts is dead and buried. It’s back to normal for the penalty shootout.
VAR will not be used in the Premier League, but will be used in the FA Cup and League Cup games at Premier League stadiums. Last season saw 19 games feature VAR, whilst this season will be increased to 60 games. I imagine many fans will hope that VAR in the domestic cup competitions will be slightly better than it was during the World Cup.
It looks certain to be an interesting season ahead and as teams look to keep the reins on Man City’s title defence.