Barclays Manager of the Season: Who is most likely to win it from the shortlist.
To draw the curtains on a quite terrific season in the English Premier League, the outstanding Manager of the year award is the next big thing to be decided on.
The shortlist is out and and this year’s title rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs‘ coach was not excluded from the list.
Manager of the year:
Paul Clement- Swansea City
Antonio Conte- Chelsea
Sean Dyche- Burnley
Eddie Howe- Bournemouth
Mauricio Pochettino- Tottenham Hotspurs
Tony Pulis- West Bromwich Albion
Antonio Conte reigned in the Seria A before joining Chelsea, and one would have thought picking up a Premier League team like Chelsea that ended the season on low at 10th would be hard to ask of the 47 year old Italian Coach but he has thrived amidst all odds and proved everyone wrong by winning the league title. He worked hard with the team and introduced a formation they weren’t used to but still managed to perfect it.
Chelsea finished with 50 points last season after drawing in 14 games, won 12 and loss 12 which led to the sack of Jose Mourinho. Chelsea just won the league title after their 1-0 victory against Westbrom and with 2 games remaining, they have 87 points from 3 draws, 28 wins and 5 loss. Comparing it to last 2 seasons when they won it with Jose Mourinho, they had 87 points after 26 wins, 9 draws and 3 loss. It’s clear Conte’s first spell in England has been successful and whether he would still do well going forward, he has a higher chance of winning the prestigious award for this particular season.
Last Season, Tottenham Hotspurs finished 3rd with 70 points after having won 19 games, 13 draws and 6 losses. They are finishing 2nd this season behind Chelsea with 24 wins, 8 draws and 4 losses. After the hot chase they gave Chelsea it would only give them a great year if their Coach wins the award for his hard work.
He took over Swansea in 3rd January this year and took a firm hold of his role, earning him Manager of the Month of January. Bob Bradly was fired in less than 3 months after failing to impress the Swansea boss and Paul Clement took over from Alan Curtis after a week in management. After 37 games, they have 38 points having won 11 games, 5 draws and 21 losses. If for nothing at all, he has kept them from relegation.
Burnley came back to the Premier League this season after a season in the Championship following a relegation. They are 15th on the table with 40 points and a game more to end the season. Sean Dyche has coached the club since 2012 in the Championship and this year is his best, being his 2nd Premier League comeback.
The Bournemouth coach has managed the team since 2012 and if they are going to finish 10th this season, he needs to be applauded even though they didn’t make top 4. They finished 16th last season, after avoiding relegation by the fall of New Castle.