Top five: Premier League managers of the season

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As the 2012-2013 season comes to a close; we analyse who has the best chance of winning the Manager of the Season award.

We've managed to narrow it down to the top five but will you agree?

Andre Villas-Boas | Tottenham

Many eyebrows were raised in the summer when Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Redknapp decided to go their seperate ways after Spurs had agonisingly missed out on qualification for the Champions League. 

However, another shock was in store as former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was put in charge of the North London club. Villas-Boas had his fair share of critics during his time managing Chelsea and many at White Hart Lane doubted he would be a success.

Despite Villas-Boas and his side having a slower start to the season than they would have hoped, their top four ambitions were given a kick start at Old Trafford where they ended their 23-year wait for a victory at the Theatre of Dreams, beating United 3-2. 

Boas' bond with his players was also illustrated during the injury time celebrations at Upton Park after Gareth Bale rifled the ball into the top corner. Spurs currently sit in fifth, however with Arsenal and Everton sharing the points at the Emirates on Tuesday, Champions League qualification is back in Tottenham's hands.

Steve Clarke | West Brom

Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion were the surprise package of the Premier League for the early months of the season. Questions were asked over Clarke's appointment as he undertook the big leap from assistant manager at many top English sides, to the first team coach at the Hawthorns. 

However, Clarke seemed to blossom under the spotlight, achieving magnificent results against former clubs Chelsea and Liverpool. The crucial factor of West Brom's season was maintaining the consistency and not collapsing during the second half of the season. 

Clarke and his players have done remarkably well in keeping themselves among the big boys and they currently sit eighth, one place behind Liverpool.

David Moyes | Everton 

It seems to be as every season comes to an end and when the question of who was the best manger arises, one name on everybody's lips in David Moyes. 

Moyes receives great admiration for his work at Goodison Park and it's rightly deserved. Everton's lack of funds when it comes to the transfer window is clear for all to see however, Moyes always seems to pull the rabbit out of the hat and find a gem at a bargain price. 

Marouane Fellaini has been a revelation for the Blues this season along with many other top performers such as Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Sylvain Distin. Although their Champions League hopes for next season seem to be looking a step too far, the Toffees can take great encouragement from this season and aim to push on to bigger and better things next season.

Michael Laudrup | Swansea 

After the departure of Joe Allen and manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool, many categorised Swansea as a team who would be nervously peering over their shoulders come May. But with the acquisition of the season arriving in the form of Spanish goal machine Michu, it has turned out quite the opposite for the Welsh club. 

Laudrup kept the free flowing rhythm to Swansea's play alive and in addition to their high position in the league; they also lifted the Capital One Cup at Wembley, beating Bradford in the final. Laudrup has set the Premier League alight and his work hasn't gone unnoticed across the globe, as he has been linked with Real Madrid amongst others according to The Mirror.

Sir Alex Ferguson | Manchester United

The pain Manchester United felt on the final day of last season was evident however it has seemed to make the Red Devils and Sir Alex Ferguson hungrier than ever to win back the Premier League crown for a twentieth time. After the dismay of the final seconds of last season, Ferguson has rallied his troops and pushed them on for success. 

United sit with an extraordinary lead over their city rivals and the games are running out for there to be any heroic comeback similar to last year. Despite the disappointment of losing out on the Champions League and FA Cup, United have had an extremely triumphant season as they stride towards winning back the title.

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