5 contenders for the Premier League Manager of the season
Another exciting Premier League season is nearing its conclusion. Manchester City have already been crowned champions of England as Pep Guardiola proved to the country that the title can be won playing his way. Meanwhile, quite a few clubs are looking likely to end with a different manager than the one who was in the dugout at the start of the season.
On the other hand, a select few showed their worth to their respective clubs and are set to end the 2017/18 season on a happy note. While the PFA Player of the Year and the Golden Boot are the talk of the town, there is a separate award for the best manager known as the Premier League Manager of the Season.
This award was established in the 1993/94 season and former Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, is the only one to have won the prestigious award more than twice (he won it eleven times). Chelsea's stupendous title win led to Antonio Conte picking up the accolade last season but the Blues struggle in their title defence all but rules the Italian out of the reckoning.
Before we list out the contenders, a special mention to Eddie Howe who is doing a terrific job at Bournemouth. He has brought the club up from the lower divisions and is now set to keep them up for the third consecutive season with an English core and an attractive brand of football, something very uncommon in mid-table teams. The 40-year old definitely deserves credit and could be due for a move to a bigger club in the near future.
Thus, without further ado, let us take a look at the contenders for the Premier League Manager of the Season.
#5 The Entertaining One - Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea
Almost coming out of nowhere, Carlos Carvalhal will be a strong contender for the award if he helps Swansea avoid relegation at the end of the season. The Portuguese was appointed as the Swans manager on December 29th, 2017 with the Welsh club sitting in 20th place and the mood around the club was as low as it could be.
However, the 52-year old pulled the club from the bottom and went on a superb run, which included wins against Liverpool and Arsenal, a first FA Cup quarterfinals appearance since 1964 and more importantly the club are 17th in the table, four points away from the drop zone with a game in hand. In fact, the Swans are just 5 points behind Bournemouth in 11th with two games in hand compared to the Cherries.
This is a remarkable achievement considering the club's position back in December and Carvalhal's quirky press conferences have lifted the mood as well. Considering this is his first time in the Premier League, it is a remarkable achievement indeed.