Who is your Premier League Manager of the Year?

Saturday’s win at the King Power Stadium all but confirmed Newcastle staying up and hoisted the Magpies into the top half.

This has sparked a number of media articles, as well as fans on social media, to raise the question of whether Rafa Benitez should be a candidate for the award.

For a lot of people the equation will be simple, the best manager is the one with the best team that finished top of the Premier League.

From 1993/94 to 2008/09 that rang true, only once in 16 seasons did somebody win the award who didn’t also lift the Premier League title. In 2000/01, George Burley received the award after taking Ipswich to a surprise fifth place in their first season after promotion, Alex Ferguson the one to miss out despite Man Utd winning the title.

However, after that happening only once in 16 seasons, the last eight years have seen another instances.

It was Harry Redknapp (Spurs) who was crowned Premier League Manager of the Year in 2009/10, Alan Pardew (Newcastle United) in 2011/12, then Tony Pulis (Crystal Palace) in 2013/14.

So could the same thing happen this season?

Well, there are certainly some worthy contenders as it stands now.

Rafa Benitez:

With a minimal net spend allowed by Mike Ashley last summer (2017) and no players allowed to be bought in the last two Januarys, the Newcastle manager could easily have walked away or let the team/club collapse.

Instead, he has got the very most from this group of players and they have clearly been a better team than the sum of their individual parts. Currently in 10th after promotion, maintaining that position would be a brilliant achievement.

Sean Dyche:

Inspirational stuff from Sean Dyche.

Burnley are seventh and indeed only five points behind sixth place Arsenal, Newcastle’s win at Leicester helped them move six points clear of the Foxes in eighth.

Seventh spot is very likely to provide European football and if that comes off, Dyche will have done a superb job with relatively meagre spending at an unfashionable club.

Chris Hughton:

Brighton are currently 13th in the table and seven points clear of relegation.

I think it rates at least an honourable mention the job he has done, to get a smaller club such as Brighton promoted and then have a season where they have never really looked likely to go down.

David Wagner:

Very similar to Hughton at Brighton but Huddersfield are even smaller and less fashionable.

They were nailed on by everybody to be relegated but instead they have spent the whole season out of the relegation zone and currently 16th and four points clear, another win and the odd draw would probably ensure staying up – which would represent a great year for them.

Jurgen Klopp:

Currently third in the Premier League but having played some brilliant entertaining football, scoring a lot more goals than everybody else, apart from one certain team.

After that three goal first leg win, if Liverpool complete the job tonight, then they are only two steps away from winning the Champions League. Would that be enough to sway things?

When Rafa Benitez did that in 2005, he was maybe unlucky for it to coincide with Jose Mourinho securing a record number of PL points (95) as Chelsea won the title.

Pep Guardiola:

For all the five above are ‘contenders’ to be mentioned, some more than others, there can be only one winner.

Yes there have been incredible amounts of money spent but Man Utd have spent just the same.

Manchester City though have played the most brilliant football and a couple of reverses in recent times can’t take that away, they have still only lost twice in the league this season and have won 27 of the other 30!

They are still on course to win the most points ever in the Premier League era, their projected 100 points total would be five more than Chelsea in 2004/05.

Whilst in terms of goals, Chelsea managed 103 in 2009/10 but Man City are projected to get 107 based on current figures.

Plus, nobody would be really surprised if they bounced back and somehow overturned Liverpool’s three goal Champions League advantage tonight.

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  • Peaky

    Should be one of the 3 promoted managers….but can’t really say until season is finished…..actually yes I can….RAFA….
    ASHLEY OUT !!!

    • TheNutJob

      Jabba,jabba,jabba, oot,oot,oot


  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Should either be the City or Burnley manager both deserve an award as Man City not as good as people think they are. Just two many teams sit back against them.

  • Leazes.

    Guardiola has four monthly nominations out of seven so far meaning he can’t be beaten.

  • thewildchimp

    Based on the current form, it would be Benitez heads down, because not only Newcastle wins a lot, the lads shut down the opposition with ease and can actually hold their ground against much better players because they are set up extremely well defensively. But I think Rafa won’t receive the award, because we are a bit boring upfront and we had that awful run in the first half of the season. Most importantly, he manages one of the northern clubs.

  • Wor Lass

    I see you managed to skirt around the fact that Pardew won it without making much of it, Matthew. I`d nominate Wenger just to wind up the Cocker knee ingrates with their picnic hampers down at the Emirates but it`s Dyche for me.

    • Peaky

      Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Dyche finally end up at Everton next season.

      • HarryHype59

        Or Rafa!

        • thewildchimp

          I think that one’s most likely to happen. If/When Ashley screws up.

  • Gianfranco Shola

    Don’t see how anyone can look past Guardiola, this Man City team has put together one of the best title winning campaigns in the premier league era. Going to have the most goals scored, most points etc. as well as playing beautiful football. That’s taking nothing away from any of the others mind, especially Rafa and Hughton

    • HarryHype59

      Probably going out of the CL at the quarter final stage, despite spending absurd amounts of money!

      • Gianfranco Shola

        That’s far from guaranteed, wouldn’t be at all surprised if they staged an amazing comeback. As I say every other candidate for the award has done exceptionally well but I just think the sheer dominance of the league this year not really seen since Fergies days swings it in Peps favour.

        • HarryHype59

          Citeeh are out!

  • HarryHype59

    I wonder how Klopp or Pep would have fared managing a team on the budget Dyche has had at Burnley?

    • Peaky

      Guardiola only manages teams with loads to spend….none of the current candidates could ever ever match Ranieri’s achievement at Leicester.

    • Alreet

      What you have to look at is how the team has played after being formed with 100s of millions. There arent many managers that can do a dyche or rafa but by the same token could dyche run away with the league on 400 mill. Jose cant. Conte couldnt. Klopp cant and poch cant.

      • HarryHype59

        That’s a weak arguement! Conte won the league last year. Neither Conte, Klopp or Poch have had any where near the money given to Pep. Jose has spent less and has been rebuilding Man U, post Ferguson.

        Granted they are walking a poor EPL, however they couldn’t make it past the quarter finals of the CL.

  • HarryHype59

    The manager of the year award goes to……..

    The bloke with the biggest cheque book.

  • Sumit Sengupta

    With the limited resources Benitez has, what he and Newcastle United have achieved so far is simply amazing. If this form sustains till the end, Benitez will surely be the choice even though Manchester City will be the winners of the league. Not many big name managers would have lasted this far with the given resources and choices.