1 The Bridge of Sighs

Those Chelsea fans who, due to some imagined slight, made life so hard for Rafael Benítez have a chance to say sorry when the Europa League-winning manager presides over the last Premier League game of his interim reign. Hats off to Benítez for his "rant" – actually, it was a pretty measured statement of the obvious – against militant Chelsea fans after an FA Cup win at Middlesbrough at the end of February. He had the guts to stand up to them and stick to his guns. A few might even thank the "fat Spanish waiter" for moving David Luiz into a holding central midfield role and beginning the reawakening of Fernando Torres. Will José Mourinho – if he arrives – really do any better? Might the odd Chelsea fan even be a little sad to see Benítez go? Meanwhile, Everton supporters – not to mention the club's owner, Bill Kenwright – will be holding back the tears as David Moyes takes charge of their team for the last time before moving on to Manchester United. After 11 largely successful years at Goodison he deserves the warmest of ovations.

2 Workaholic Sunderland

Paolo Di Canio has threatened to curtail his Sunderland players' summer holidays, slashing them from nearly seven weeks down to four should he detect signs of "unprofessionalism" at White Hart Lane. With Tottenham and Arsenal competing for a Champions League place, this will be music to Arsène Wenger's ears. Some Sunderland players who had planned to stay in London or fly abroad on Sunday night have been forced to cancel such plans as Di Canio has ordered the squad to fly back to Newcastle airport before spending "a few days" training on Wearside next week. At least Connor Wickham is listening to his new manager. A week after being berated by Di Canio for wearing a skimpy T-shirt and "acting like a playboy model" on a cold, rainy Wearside day, the young striker has taken to turning up for training wearing a scarf. "I'm very pleased," Di Canio said.

3 Fergie's farewell but will Wayne be there?

Sir Alex Ferguson bows out at West Bromwich Albion on what is bound to be an emotional occasion underpinned by a real "end of empire" feel. The Hawthorns is an atmospheric, evocative place; in other words, a "proper" football ground and an appropriate venue for Fergie's last stand. All eyes will be on the retiring knight but the presence – or absence – of Wayne Rooney's name from the team sheet promises to provide an intriguing subplot.

4 The aftermath of Colo's Party

This week Sammy Ameobi posted pictures of a party held by Newcastle United's captain, Fabricio Coloccini, at his very nice house in Jesmond, attended by what appeared to be Alan Pardew's entire squad who were tucking into some fabulous-looking food. Was it a not-so-subtle message that Newcastle's players are very firmly bonded rather than divided into French- and English-speaking cliques or simply a farewell to a centre-half widely expected to play his last game for Newcastle at home to Arsenal on Sunday before returning to his native Argentina? Maybe it was a bit of both but, on the pitch, Pardew will need Coloccini to be at his very best against Wenger's Champions League hopefuls. And especially after Newcastle conceded nine goals in their past two games at St James' Park, against Sunderland and Liverpool.

5 Jack Colback v Aaron Lennon

Jack Colback regressed under Martin O'Neill at Sunderland but the versatile midfielder or full-back has improved dramatically under Di Canio and is fast emerging as a real favourite of the Italian. On Sunday he is pencilled in to play left-back against Aaron Lennon. The outcome of that little duel could have a bearing on the composition of next season's Champions League. It will be watched with interest by Danny Rose, the ineligible Spurs left-back who has impressed while spending the past season on loan at Sunderland. Rose and Colback look destined to turn into top players.

6 Harper's last hurrah

After 20 years' sterling service at St James' Park – too often sitting on the bench as reserve goalkeeper – the 38-year-old Steve Harper makes his final, and 199th, appearance for Newcastle at home to Arsenal before leaving the club. Injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot mean the popular Harper will receive a richly deserved send-off. He is doing his coaching badges but hopes to play for another year before carving out a career in management. Tottenham's manager, André Villas-Boas, will be keeping everything crossed he plays a blinder.

7 The definition of anticlimax

If anyone wants to understand what an anticlimax feels like they should hot-foot it to Wigan for their home game with Aston Villa. A week after beating Manchester City in the FA Cup final, Roberto Martínez's side are relegated and preparing for Championship life. Suddenly a game that for weeks had been billed as a potential do-or-die battle for survival with Villa is utterly meaningless. It will be a bitter-sweet afternoon but at least, as my colleague Paul Wilson pointed out this week, the music at Wigan is invariably excellent.

8 Martin Jol's message to Gus Poyet

Martin Jol's Fulham have taken one point from their past seven games and contain 12 players aged over 30 in a squad desperately in need of overhauling. Craven Cottage sources maintain Jol will not be sacked but Gus Poyet, much lauded for his work at Brighton, has admirers in Fulham's boardroom and is thought to be keen on relocating to west London. There could not be a better time for Jol's Fulham to win at Swansea, with Dimitar Berbatov perhaps issuing a reminder of his defence-confounding talent.

9 Harry Redknapp's last Premier League game?

Few would bet on it but Redknapp is 66, his QPR side are relegated, so it is not entirely inconceivable that this visit to Liverpool could represent the final act of one of the Premier League's more colourful managerial careers.

10 Absent faces at the Etihad

Roberto Mancini, David Platt and most of the rest of the Italian's old staff have cleared their desks, with only Brian Kidd remaining to coach Manchester City against Norwich as City await Manuel Pellegrini's arrival from Málaga and the beginning of – another – brave new world. It is incredible to think that the Premier League's top three teams – Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea – will be under new management next season.