Premier League 2018/19: Top 5 picks for the Manager of the Month award for August
The first month of this season is about to be concluded, nevertheless, it's these experienced lads who are the minds behind their team's success. We have seen every aspect of tactical changes, squad rotations and have experienced the most arithmetically deployed game plans put forward by these exceptionally gifted managers.
This weekend, however, could decide the fate of these 5 'Gurus', rounding it all up, here are the top 5 possible candidates to be the recipients of the Barclay's 'Manager of the Month' award.
#5 Josep 'Pep' Guardiola - Manchester City
Arguably one of the most accomplished managers of the current Premier League season, the former FC Barcelona midfielder is known to adapt and overcome any sort of hurdles that the opposition has to offer. Known for having alternatives and options in all types of game formats, this Spaniard's tactical alignments have led Manchester City to the last year's Premier League title.
Possibilities are that he could do it all over again, the former Barcelona manager has been on a roll since the beginning of this season,From signing Riyad Mahrez to applying the theory of playing two strikers up front, resurrecting one of Premier League's most decorated strikers, Sergio Aguero and deploying Ilkay Gundogan in place of an injured Kevin De Brunye, the 'smart one' is surely the gamble that can lead Manchester City to a Champions League title. With a long season up ahead, and Manchester City looking better than ever, Pep truly is a mastermind behind their ongoing run, and hence is a candidate for the 'Manager of the Month' award.
#4 Javi Garcia - Watford
Following the dismissal of Marco Silva back in January, the Spanish veteran was quite the shocker for the Hornets, as he took the mantle for one of the oldest clubs in the League. However, things have been different for Watford since then. It was as if this heavily experienced football player took an oath to re-energize the current Watford lineup. This season's remarkable run for Watford isn't just the unusual 4-2-2-2 formation laid by this tactician, but also the various ranks appointed to his players in a far more intelligent and aggressive manner. The former Rubin Kazan coach now plays an 'attack from the defence' style of football; something inspired from the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
No matter the tactics, he surely knows to apply pressure from the midfield, with the likes of Roberto Pereyra, Will Hughes and an underestimated Troy Deeney playing an unimaginable link of football, that not only the Watford supporters but the world has ever seen, the Hornets now enjoy a 100% win record of 3 wins. However, this Sunday, matters could be different for the Spaniard, as he takes on a much tougher Tottenham Hotspur side. Only the time can tell if he can make it to another victory, and if he does, he will surely be the Manager of the Month!