As the Barclays Premier League ended after another scintillating season, the five-man shortlist for the manager of the season has been made, with Manuel Pellegrini, Brendan Rodgers, Gus Poyet, Tony Pulis and Roberto Martinez making up the list.
While voting may be open until Wednesday morning, there is growing belief that there’s no need to look any further than Crystal Palace’s Pulis.
The former Stoke City manager took over at the Selhurst club after a quite embarrassing attempt at a Premier League comeback headed by Ian Holloway - back in November, when the side boasted only seven points and in all truth didn’t look like breaking the 20-point mark for the season, let alone beating the drop.
Since then, the 56-year-old has taken an impressive 27 points from 25 matches, guiding Palace to a respectable 11th placed finish, while claiming the seventh most points in the whole league and second best defensive record since he took charge.
While Pulis’ side may not be winning over any with their style of play, you simply have to appreciate what the man has done at his time with the Eagles. Under Pulis now, they look like a team who works hard for each other and defend-all be it 10 behind the ball - very well and organised, proving to be a difficult team to break down and buoyed on by the crowd at Selhurst Park a very problematic away trip.
This, coined with another year of Premier League money, will allow Pulis to continue to strengthen his squad and hopefully build on a successful season in England's top flight.
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