Rafa Benitez has been nominated for the 2017/18 Premier League Manager of the Season award.

Six in total have been officially nominated.

Pep Guardiola is a no-brainer to be included, no matter how much money Man City have spent.

Reaching the Champions League final surely tipped it for Jurgen Klopp.

Then we have the other four ‘less obvious’ candidates.

Sean Dyche is set to end up seventh in the Premier League and had to be included.

Whilst maybe this announcement was waiting for Brighton to be mathematically safe.

Chris Hughton did that with a win last night against Man Utd, so he and Roy Hodgson join Rafa Benitez as a trio of nominations who have outperformed against the odds at the lower end of the table.

Newcastle United Official Announcement:

‘Rafa Benítez has been nominated for the Premier League’s Barclays Manager of the Season award.

The Newcastle boss is on a six-man shortlist for the award after guiding Newcastle to safety – and potentially a top-ten finish – in the top flight with largely the same squad that won the Sky Bet Championship title last season.

He is in esteemed company on the shortlist, which also includes Manchester City’s title-winning boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is nominated after guiding Burnley to the brink of Europe while Roy Hodgson and former Magpies manager Chris Hughton have been recognised for leading their respective clubs, Crystal Palace and Brighton, to safety.’

  • Leazes.

    As he’s managed to ‘park’ a championship side halfway up the table I’d nominate him for the ‘Value Manager’ of the season, its a bit like running a fiat Panda on liquid nitrogen, it’ll go fast for a while but eventually it will explode.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Roy Hodgson? That’s just silly. Palace splash the cash like nobody’s business and underperform.

    • Danimal

      The media love Roy (unless he’s managing the national team). To be fair, he’s done what was required. 38 points from 29 games I think, after 0 from 7. Probably on a par with what Allardyce does every season, also with regular support in the transfer market. Doesn’t compare with Bobby getting us 52 points from the same starting position (well, ok we had 1 point from 7) in 99/00. I rate Rafa but surely the only “underdog” candidate can be Dyche.

  • Rich Lawson

    Great football or not,Man’ City’s dominance was not unexpected,other’s, good performance on low budget etc,if Klopp wins the champ’s league surely it’s got to be him ?

  • Wor Lass

    Dyche, for me. Ghostbuster`ll be pleased about Chrissy – apparently he`s tactically more astute than Rafa despite the fact the rafa beat him into second place last season.

  • ghostrider

    Guardiola wins it hands down for the fantastic football and squad togetherness in the rich section.

    Sean Dyche wins it hands down for the way he’s steered Burnley into Europe.

    Best of the rest.
    Jurgen Klopp for the way he’s built an exciting team and also nurtured some class youngsters into it whilst getting to the champions league final.

    Chris Hughton for setting his Brighton team up to have a go and even amid some big beatings, they went out and took the game to most teams and got their rewards due to his management/coaching/respect given and received.

    No offence to the rest but those 4 deserve an award.