The Premier League Manager of the Season has been announced.

There were six nominations announced on 5 May (see below) with Newcastle United revealing that Rafa Benitez was one of those half dozen up for the award.

However, there could only be one winner and the awards were dished out at a ceremony on Tuesday night.

The winner had to be Pep Guardiola and it was.

In an ordinary year one of the other five candidates might have had a chance due to performing far better than anybody expected.

However, when a manager takes a team to 100 points and 106 goals, playing such brilliant football, it had to be Man City’s Guardiola.

Pep also won the overall Manager of the Season (AKA the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy).

So maybe next year for Rafa Benitez…

LMA Premier League Manager Of The Season is Pep Guardiola

LMA Championship Manager Of The Season is Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves

LMA League 2 Manager Of The Season is John Coleman of Accrington Stanley

LMA League Manager Of The Season for League 1 is Paul Hurst of Shrewsbury Town

LMA Special Achievement Award goes to Neil Warnock.

Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy – The LMA Manager Of The Season is Pep Guardiola

The Mag – 5 May 2018:

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.’



  • Mack Edwards

    Why “only one winner”??? Yes Citee have done well but not purely on what Pep brought to the table. They won’t emulate that next year because managers will look at how other teams (notably Liverpool) got results against them and approach games differently.
    It’s the old chestnut, but when you look at the money involved in the teams at the top, no wonder managers do well. I know buying top drawer players doesn’t work out 100% of the time(certain players can’t play with others etc) – but in general what else would you expect when spending 100s’ millions on full backs alone when that is more than most teams spend on their whole squad.

  • Paul Patterson

    Manager wins the league after spending £200m on a team that’s already had £300m spent building it and will spend similar amounts this summer. . Well done..

    • Billmag

      Correct Paul, would Gardiola have kept any of the three relegated team’s up, would he have taken a Championship team up and establish them in the Premier, I very much doubt it. All the team’s he has managed have had the foundations in place and money behind them.

      • Paul Patterson

        Exactly. Anyone can do well if money is unlimited. Yes, the football is good and they’ve set all sorts of records, but it’s completely unfair and distorts the league. I’m not saying Rafa should have won it, but he’d be more deserving. Incidentally, my pick would have been Sean Dyche.

        • Billmag

          And my pick also he’s done a hell of a job.

  • mactoon

    I agree with the comments, it is a lot easier to get results when the team has had over £500 million spent on it. I would have hoped it had gone to someone who got results under harder circumstances. Dyche, Hughton, Hodgson and Benitez should all have been ahead of Guardiola for me.

  • Rich Lawson

    They should have waited ’til after the champ’s league final,for me if Liverpool win then it should go to Klopp for some sublime attacking football,and hasn’t he turned City over 3 times this season ?

  • NUFCDan

    Based purely on the PL Guardiola more than deserves it for winning and playing good football IMO