The time is almost upon us for the Manager of the Season award for the Premiership to be dished out, this year the mainstay of the contenders come from impressive underdog displays from the likes of Swansea and Norwich, but who gets your vote for the coveted award.
Alan Pardew – The Newcastle man was an unpopular choice to take over at The Toon, but has already started to establish himself at the club, leading an unexpected charge for European football and gradually winning the hearts of even the most stubborn Geordie fans.
Sir Alex Ferguson – A man who has won the award many a time, and always a contender in most people’s book. Fergie has started something of a second youngsters revolution at United and looks like he could lead his youthful united squad (with smatterings of the prem’s most experienced players) to a league title yet again.
Roberto Mancini – Mancini has spent big on his squad, but challenging for the title is no mean feat, and City are right up there with a shout at the business end of the season.
Brendan Rodgers – Brendan’s Swans promotion to the Premiership was somewhat unexpected, and nobody expected them to light up the league with the flair and quality they’ve shown. Currently Swansea are in the top half of the league and show no signs of easing up as the season goes on. Brendan’s on the list not just for achievement but for style too.
Paul Lambert – Lambert’s successive promotions with The Canaries were a stunning achievement, he has been lauded as the new Martin O’Neill due to his similarities in managerial style, and the fact that he Captained Martin’s Celtic team. Norwich were among the favourites for the drop, but with 9 games left look certain to be playing premiership football come next season too, a remarkable achievement on a shoestring budget from another of the league’s young managers.
Leave us a comment! Who is your pick of the bunch, or would you choose someone else to be shortlisted for the award?