The organizers of the English Premier League have just announced the 6 candidates for the “Manager of the Season 2022/23” award. Besides Pep Guardiola, there is a surprising inclusion.
With only 2 rounds left in the 2022/23 Premier League season, it is the time when prestigious individual awards start to reveal their worthy candidates.
The latest announcement from the organizers of the league unveils the 6 nominations for the “Manager of the Season” award for the 2022/23 Premier League season.
Pep Guardiola, the Spanish tactician, is approaching the goal of achieving the historic treble, something no manager in the Premier League has accomplished since Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999. When the UAE owners took over the club, Manchester City spent a fortune to bring in top-class global superstars but could only dominate domestically.
However, Pep Guardiola arrived and made a difference. Manchester City is now the most captivating club in the world, known for their trademark possession-based style of play. “The Citizens” are just one match away from fulfilling their long-cherished dream of winning the Champions League.
In the Premier League this season, Arsenal mostly occupied the top spot, leaving Pep’s army trailing behind for the majority of the campaign. However, Manchester City showed resilience and found their form at the right time, reclaiming their rightful position. Besides, Pep Guardiola is also one of the highest paid coaches in sports.
To get a clear picture of Aston Villa’s transformation under Unai Emery, let’s review the club’s performance. Prior to Emery’s arrival, the team at Villa Park had suffered 6 defeats, drawn 3 matches, and won only 2 in their first 11 games of the season. In the calendar year, Emery’s predecessor Steven Gerrard had only led Villa to victory in 8 out of 31 domestic league matches. Aston Villa narrowly escaped the relegation zone by scoring more than 2 goals compared to Wolves.
Unai Emery arrived at Villa Park in late October 2022, and positive changes quickly followed. Under the guidance of the Spanish coach, Villa remained unbeaten for 10 consecutive games between February 25 and April 26. This run included impressive victories against Chelsea, Tottenham, and Newcastle. The Birmingham-based team is currently sitting in 8th place and still has a chance to secure a spot in European competition.
The current top-four position of Newcastle is attributed to the shrewdness in the transfer market and the tactical acumen of Eddie Howe. Since the 45-year-old coach was appointed, the “Magpies” have only suffered defeats to Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool at their home ground. The team currently has one of the best defensive records in the league.
Just 18 months ago, Eddie Howe experienced a difficult period at St. James’ Park. However, the former Bournemouth manager has now and will continue to work towards fulfilling the objectives set by the Saudi Arabian ownership.
In just two years, Mikel Arteta has brought a breath of fresh air to Arsenal. The former assistant of Pep Guardiola transformed a stagnant and unstructured Arsenal into a vibrant club that plays until the last minute, relying on talented young players.
The opportunity for the “Gunners” to win the title now appears quite fragile. However, considering the reality, being in the top 2 is already an unexpected success for Arteta and his players. Therefore, Arteta is one of the best football managers in the world.
Roberto De Zerbi
De Zerbi is turning Brighton into the most attractive attacking team in the Premier League. Speaking about the Italian coach, even Pep Guardiola has acknowledged that “De Zerbi’s Brighton play the best possession football in Europe.” In fact, Roberto De Zerbi’s squad is only slightly behind Pep’s Man City in terms of average ball possession per 90 minutes, with 62.8% compared to 63.8%.
Since his debut match in early October 2022, the former Sassuolo manager has improved Brighton’s attacking prowess, scoring 55 goals in 28 matches. Only Arsenal (66) and Manchester City (69) have scored more goals than the “Seagulls”. The team at the Amex Stadium relies on creating unpredictable situations on both wings. So far, the two wide players, Solly March, and Kaoru Mitoma, have each contributed 7 goals to the team.
Many Fulham fans are now asking the question, “Will Marco Silva become the best manager since Roy Hodgson?” Each person has their own answer. However, overall, the 2022/2023 season could be the most successful season in the club’s history in the Premier League.
Fulham has already secured 15 victories, and Marco Silva’s team has the potential to equal the record of 17 wins set in the 1959/1960 season. There are two remaining matches for the team at Craven Cottage against Crystal Palace and Manchester United.
The race for the Premier League Manager of the Season award is heating up and becoming increasingly captivating. Remember to follow SimilarSports to update the latest news about this award as well as the sporting difference in the world.