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Premier League Manager of the Season award: Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo makes shortlist

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:56, 7 May 2019

The Premier League have revealed the four-man shortlist for the 2018/19 Manager of the Season.

Understandably, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola are involved for their roles in one of the best title races in Premier League history.

Who is in the run-in for the Premier League Manager of the Season? Five key things to know…

  1. The four-man shortlist for the Premier League’s Manager of the Season has been announced.
  2. Leading the list are Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
  3. The pair have overpowered the rest of the league, with Man City and Liverpool sitting on 95 and 94 points respectively.
  4. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is also nominated for guiding the club to seventh in their first season back in the division.
  5. And Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino takes up the final spot.

With one game remaining in the 2018/19 season, a point separates Man City and Liverpool in first and second respectively, with both teams posting 90+ points tallies.

One of the two sides is guaranteed to finish the season with the best-ever points tally recorded by a Premier League runner-up, with both Liverpool (94) and Man City’s (95) current number enough to win the division in 24 of the 26 previous seasons.

Manchester City are in pole position, knowing they only need to equal Liverpool’s result to retain the title – which would make Guardiola only the third manager to do so after Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

Meanwhile, Klopp’s Liverpool have lost just once all season and current have the fourth-most points recorded of any team in a single Premier League campaign.

Also nominated for the four-man shortlist is Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Promoted from the Championship at the end of last season, Espirito Santo’s are guaranteed to finish seventh and have one eye on a Europa League spot – depending on the result of the FA Cup final.

Wolves have also proven themselves more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the Premier League’s big clubs, taking 16 points from the teams in the top six – only Manchester City and Liverpool have better records.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino takes up the final spot for almost certainly leading the club to a top-four spot despite having no financial backing from his board. The club’s most recent signing remains that of Lucas Moura in January 2018.

The winner will be announced on May 14 and will be decided by a combination of a vote on the Premier League’s website and a panel of football experts.

Fans give their pick for the Manager of the Season

While fans will be able to have their vote for the manager of the season on the Premier League’s Manager of the Season, some have already given their opinion on Twitter.

While some had alternative options.

And in Squawka’s own Manager of the Season award, fans voted for Wolves’ boss Nuno Espirito Santo.