Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence post-lockdown under the guidance of Jose Mourinho but it would be hard to argue a case for the Special One to be named as manager of the season.
It would be even harder to argue that Mauricio Pochettino deserves a mention after a disastrous start to the 2019/20 campaign, leading to his sacking just four months in.
However, there have been a number of standout performers in the category of manager and head coach this season in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp has managed one of the most dominant Liverpool sides in the history of the competition, wrapping up the title almost at the half-way stage.
Chris Wilder has led his Sheffield United to a top-half finish after their promotion, even hovering around the Champions League places for a while.
Nuno Espirito Santo may well still lead his Wolves side to a place in Europe next season if they defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, while Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers continue to fight it out for a Champions League spot.
While Mourinho mentioned a number of teams when asked who his manager of the season was, he eventually went for the champions and Jurgen Klopp.
He said (Football London): “Many could be it, it depends how you look at it. The champions are always a big, big contender to do it but you look to the table, look to different objectives but you look at other clubs and can say their managers are also champions. If you fight for relegation and you’re not relegated, you’re a champion. If you play for stability in the table and you do it you’re also champion. When I look for example to Sheffield United, Wolves great seasons, their targets achieved, Wolves fighting for Europe and can reach Europe still, Sheffield amazing, amazing season. Newcastle easily staying in the division. There are so many. The easy, pragmatic way to look at it is champions and a very strong champion so I think the manager deserves.”
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