The new English Premier League season kicks off in September, and with a new season comes new uniforms. It seems for the 2020-21 Premier League season, kit manufacturers are getting creative, and these are the eye-catching uniforms to look out for.
Manchester City – Third
In recent seasons, Manchester City has been getting pretty creative with its uniform designs, but perhaps this third kit is the boldest yet. It comes in a paisley pattern that looks more like something you might see on the catwalk rather than the soccer field.
Manchester United – Third
During the 1990s, Manchester United famously had to change their uniforms at half time because they couldn’t see each other. There is no danger of that happening with this bold striped shirt as players will stand out from both their opponents and the crowd.
Arsenal – Away
Last season Arsenal’s home and away jerseys were arguably the best in the league. This away uniform won’t be for everyone, but it’s hard to deny the marble pattern across the shirt isn’t eye-catching. If Arsenal wins something big while wearing this uniform, it could become one of the London club’s most memorable kits ever.
Brighton and Hove Albion – Home
Sometimes you just have to appreciate great design. The new Brighton and Hove Albion home jersey is sleek and stylish, which is exactly how the team wants to play soccer under their coach, Graham Potter.
Southampton – Third
Southampton usually wear multiple stripes on their jerseys, but they have gone for the bold diagonal stripe for their home and third uniforms. However, it’s the third jersey that really stands out as it looks just like the classic uniform Peru has been wearing, and praised for, for decades.
We’re sure the soccer on the pitch will be exciting, but if things get boring, at least you can enjoy watching these stunning kits during the 2020-21 Premier League season.
Jim Harbaugh, Warde Manuel, and a Michigan Football Contract Extension
University of Michigan’s head football coach Jim Harbaugh and athletic director Warde Manuel have had conversations in recent days about a contract extension. The extension would offer Harbaugh a lower base salary than the one he currently has. It will also offer a lower buyout figure. This makes it easier to fire him next year if needed, according to a source with direct knowledge of the conversations.
The dollar amount of the offer or the number of years is still unknown. Warde Manuel and Jim Harbaugh are both known to keep contract decisions and talks close and not share with many people. Harbaugh will face the media Tuesday at noon as the face of Saturday’s game with Ohio State is unknown too. Because of the current lockdown, U-M had to cancel last Saturday’s football game against Maryland. The department hasn’t officially said the team would be able to play this coming Saturday.
Jim Harbaugh and His Team
Harbaugh has been under fire recently, from his team’s play and fans this season. The team has a 2-4 record and was upset by Michigan State, suffered the most lopsided home defeat since 1935 against Wisconsin, and was beaten by Indiana for the first time in 33 years. However, if Manuel were to fire Harbaugh, it could be quite costly and come at a bad time for the department.
Reduced revenues, particularly from the loss of ticket sales due to lockdown, led to the playoffs of 21 employees and significant salary reductions for others, including Harbaugh, Manuel, and basketball coach Juwan Howard. In October, Manuel predicted that the deficit of the Michigan team would reach 80 million even with the return of football.
USA Today Sports and The Free Press calculated the buyout figure based on the scenario for terminating him the day after the final game of the season on December 20th and retaining his staff through January 10th. Under this scenario, Michigan would have to pay out $10.775 million to clean the house and start fresh. Meanwhile, the contracts for quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels, offensive line coach Ed Warinner, tight ends coach Sherrone Moore, defensive line coach Shaun Nua, running backs coach Jay Harbaugh, and cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich would be off the books after January the 10th, as this is their expiration date.