Six contenders for PL Manager of the Year: shock winner?

first_img 6 6 6 Jose Mourinho has won the Premier League for the third time in what is his second spell in charge of Chelsea.But does winning the league in such a comfortable manner mean he is an automatic choice for Manager of the Year?Some may argue that, should Nigel Pearson keep Leicester up, he should be given the honour or Ronald Koeman for his work at Southampton when nobody gave them hope of staying up.Here, talkSPORT looks at the contenders for the top award, so let us know who you think should win it. 5. Mark Hughes: Stoke manager who has spent little but looking to finish in the top 10 – Hughes’ reputation took a battering when he was at QPR, but he has done his job quietly and effectively at Stoke. Of the Premier League clubs last summer they spent the least and a top 10 finish is likely. 6 3. Ronald Koeman: Southampton manager who has defied expectations and spent a great deal of time in the Premier League top four – Before the start of the season a lot of fans outside of St Mary’s tipped Southampton for relegation given that Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert were among the players sold for big money, while manager Mauricio Pochettino left for the Tottenham job. However, the club have bought well and Koeman has overseen a strong campaign where the club, as late as March, were still in the Premier League top four. A very impressive season. 6. Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager and Premier League champion – His Chelsea team were ruthless this season as they marched their way to the title, having spent most of the campaign at the top of the table. Amazingly, Mourinho has not won a Manager of the Month award. Defender Branislav Ivanovic told the London Evening Standard: “I don’t know how that [not winning Manager of the Month] happened. But it doesn’t matter if he won one or not, for sure he is the best manager this season.” 1. Nigel Pearson: Leicester City manager who may be about to pull off a great escape – Who deserves the Premier League’s Manager of the Season when the LMA’s annual award is given out at the end of May? Here, talkSPORT looks at the contenders, one of which must be Leicester boss, Pearson. He was presented with the monthly gong in April following four straight victories against West Ham, West Brom, Swansea and Burnley and now the Foxes are on course to avoid relegation when two months ago they looked certain for the drop. 4. Garry Monk: Swansea manager who has broken the club’s record points total and still chasing European football – Swansea lost main goal threat Wilfried Bony in January, but that has not affected them and under Monk the football has been very easy on the eye, with Bafetimbi Gomis popping up with important goals. In addition they have not spent a lot of money, but recruited wisely and the Welsh club are still in the hunt to qualify for the Europa League via their league finish. They are also only the third team in Premier League history to win both home and away against Arsenal, following Man United, West Ham and Chelsea. 6 2. Louis van Gaal: Man United manager who is slowly restoring pride at Old Trafford – Van Gaal took over at Man United following a poor season under David Moyes while his reign also started slightly later as a result of the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign where Van Gaal was in charge of his national team. There was no European football for United this term, but the Dutchman has managed to steady the Old Trafford ship and in his debut season has guided the club back into the Champions League. With a full pre-season and the right players being bought should make them contenders next year. 6last_img read more