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.’