Who is your EPL manager of the year?

FA Cup winners, qualified for Champions' League

Roberto Mancini. (Manchester City FC)
The 46 year old Italian who is famous for wearing his clubs scarf is a candidate for the award. With huge financial backing, he has a built a solid defensive team in Manchester City. In his first full season at the club, he has led The Citizens to the summit of European football for next season. The Cup winning tactician made it five for himself with Man City winning the FA Cup recently having previously won Coppa Italia with Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter thus ending City’s 35 years wait for a major trophy.

Brought Liverpool out of the slump they were in

Kenneth Dalglish. (Liverpool FC)
A poor start to the season under Roy Hodgson, a change of ownership and the Anfield crowd call led to King Kenny’s appointment in January. The former Liverpool player and coach has helped restore confidence back into the players while injecting a few youngsters from the academy.
The turn around in fortunes for the Reds has been tremendous even in the absence of inspirational captain, Steven Gerrard, with Liverpool pushing for European places at the tail end of the season. The future is bright on the Meyserside.

19th EPL Title, Champions' League Finals

Sir Alex Ferguson. (Manchester United FC)
Chelsea’s double winning campaign last season was what the willy old Scot needed to motivate himself and his boys for the 2010/11 campaign. Man United have left no one in doubt about their intention all season as they have been the most consistent team in the league. SAF long term dream of overtaking Liverpool and placing Manchester United as  the dominant club in English football has been achieved by a team which many consider as not being close to the best that has represented the Old Trafford outfit. A double is achievable with the UEFA Champions League trophy at stake in Wembley less than a fortnight from now.

The desire and hunger from the 69 years old Knight is the key to MUFC success this term.

FA Cup Finalist

Tony Pulis. (Stoke City FC)
Pulis has a reputation within the game for achieving solid results on small budgets and also maintains the proud record of never being relegated as a manager. The Welsh man pulled off a big one with Stoke City when The Potters secured promotion to the Premier League three season ago. He is sometimes criticized for his team’s direct style of play but he has defended it well. An approach that took his team all the way to the FA Cup final.
He was 90 minutes away from becoming the first Welsh manager to win the English FA Cup. European football will be on cards at the Britannia stadium next season with another season of top flight football.

Carling Cup = European Football

Alex McLeish. (Birmingham City FC)
Special mention to another Scot man. His team isn’t performing well in the league this season and are in danger of going down to the second tier of English football. Their Carling Cup success should be applauded. McLeish’s self belief led The Blues to a shock win over overwhelming favorites, Arsenal in the Cup final.
Whether they remain in the Premier League or not, Saint Andrews will host European football next season.

I must admit that there are a few other managers who have performed reasonably well but we can’t short-list the lot. It’s over to you to decide.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by harphyz on May 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Won the Epl without a major signing and turned relatively unknown Chicharito to a super star. I believe he deserves all the credit.


  2. Posted by victor akhidenor on May 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Short of words at the moment but ill you are just awesome excellent write couldn’t have been any better you niped all issues in the bud well done and keep it up


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