Different managers have been fighting for different motives this season, but have they achieved them?
There have definitely been some impressive tactical performances this season from various managers, however who will come out on top and win the award for manager of the season?
Here are the candidates:
Manuel Pellegrini - Manchester City
Pellegrini has endured a rather successful first season at Manchester City after taking over from the strict Italian Roberto Mancini. Emerging as winners of the Capital One Cup, Pellegrini's side are currently third in the league table with two games in hand
If they go on to win those two games, however, they will be first. Pellegrini will definitely be a strong contender for manager of the season if his side go on to win the league, but a trip to Anfield beckons which could be the decider in this unpredictable season.
Tony Pulis- Crystal Palace
After taking over from Ian Holloway with the club in the bottom three, Pulis has done brilliantly to guide the Eagles out of the relegation zone. Amassing 34 points from 32 games, surely there is no chance of Palace going down this year.
The new recruits that arrived in January have had the desired effect and Palace's solidity at the back has been lauded in recent weeks. Although Pulis may be an outsider for the award, he should at least be considered.
Roberto Martinez- Everton
Many smirked, laughed, and mocked Bill Kenwright when he stated: "Almost Roberto's first words to me were: I'll get you in the Champions League".
Everton hit the ground running immediately though and until recently were fighting for a Europa League spot. However, with Arsenal's poor run of form and Everton themselves smashing the Gunners 3-0 at Goodison, Everton now have a fantastic chance of making the Champions League. If Martinez was to achieve this, there is a great chance he could gain the award.
Brendan Rodgers- Liverpool
The other Merseyside club have also experienced a fantastic league campaign this year. With the target of Champions League for next season, Rodgers' team have exceeded expectations and are now challenging for the league title.
A combination of some free-flowing football and a superb strikeforce have been the main points for Liverpool's success this year. Rodgers' side have come a long way and remain underdogs for the Premier League title. However, along with Martinez, Rodgers has to be a very strong candidate for the award.
Mauricio Pochettino- Southampton
After the controversial sacking of Nigel Adkins last season, Pochettino has not failed to impress. Introducing a more attractive style of play, the Saints have flourished this season, lying in eighth position.
The development of English players at the club has also attracted praise from the outside. Pochettino, though, may be in the same boat as Pulis as it will be difficult to land the award with the achievement of other managers this season.
Winner: I think Rodgers will come away with the award. Although I don't think Liverpool will have enough to land the Premier League title this year, I back them to finish in second place, which will end what will be a fantastic season for them.
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