Manager Of The Year Award: Pep Guardiola Names Two Coaches That Could Beat Him

Pep Guardiola is the most favoured to win the Manager of the Year award, but he said he would not complain if Rafa Benitez or Sean Dyche beat him to be claimed Manager of the Year.

The Manchester City boss is well placed to pick up the Manager of the Year award as his team look set to win the Premier League title with more points, wins and goals than anybody has ever managed before.

No Blues coach has ever claimed the prize; Roberto Mancini was beaten by Newcastle's Alan Pardew when he secured the title in 2012 and Crystal Palace's Tony Pulis took the honor in 2014 when Manuel Pellegrini won the league.

When asked for his thoughts on the Manager of the Year award's subject, Guardiola picked out two of his colleagues.

“Of course, the teams for the players who are nominated to win have more chance.

“But, believe me, if the Burnley manager, my colleagues, or, for example, Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – he’s made an amazing job.

“For example, Salah is [named] the best player – I’m not going to say it’s unfair. But if they say Kevin [De Bruyne], I’m not going to say it’s unfair too.

“There are many, many players and many managers who deserve that.

“You know my opinion about that. It’s a collective game. It isn’t tennis or golf. A lot of people are involved in our success. The reason why is a lot.

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“I’m sitting in front of you, it looks like I’m more important. But it’s more important how you [collectively] help the players to play well,” he said.

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