The 2021/22 Premier League season is almost over and there have been spectacular performances from many managers this year.
The likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have hardly taken a wrong footing all season and they have ensured that the title race is run to the end.
However, the likes of Eddie Howe, David Moyes and Mikel Arteta all deserve recognition too, so you’d think they could all be nominated for Manager of the Season.
With that in mind, talkSPORT.com took a closer look at all of the potential Manager of the Season candidates.
When will the Manager of the Season nominees be announced?
Last year’s Manager of the Season nominees weren’t announced until early June, so you’d expect this year’s award to be announced on the same date.
Guardiola was then announced as the winner four days later, so the turnaround for that award was very quick.
How are the nominees and the winner selected?
A hand-picked jury selects the nominees and the eventual winner.
Last year that included the likes of Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Alan Shearer.
However, it’s unclear who will be on the panel this year, but that should be announced at some point in the near future.
Who could be nominated?
Manchester City are in the hunt for back-to-back Premier League titles and Guardiola has managed to get the most out of his squad once again.
Yes, the Citizens have spent a lot of money, but the former Barcelona man has managed to keep his team happy and ruthlessly efficient, despite regular rotation.
City haven’t lost a single game this season in which they have taken the lead, and before playing against Liverpool they hadn’t dropped a point.
They have conceded just 21 goals and have scored three or more goals in a game on 12 occasions. It takes more than money to make these things happen and Guardiola pretty much masters the Premier League.
The key moment, which could win them the Premier League title, was when they lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace at the Etihad in October, as it sparked a 12-game winning streak.
Guardiola got that reaction from his team, and no matter what happens with the title race, the Spaniard has to be a contender for Manager of the Season.
Klopp has proven this season that it is possible to bounce back from a disappointing campaign and involved Liverpool in one of the best title races in recent years.
The Reds have been mediocre for most of the 2020/21 season, but they have been relentless this year.
In their 33 league games so far, Liverpool have lost just two, less than City, so they have found real resilience.
However, their form in 2022 has set them apart from the rest, and Klopp gets all he can out of each player. Liverpool are unbeaten in the league in 2022 and have won every game except two draws against City and Chelsea.
So even if Liverpool lose the title, Klopp deserves to be named Manager of the Season because he brought the Reds back to their 2019/20 levels.
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To put it simply, Howe transformed Newcastle from relegation certainties to top ten contenders.
No team has ever survived relegation after just one win in their first 20 games, but under Howe Newcastle did and they deserve so much credit.
Yes, the Toon splashed the cash in January, but Kieran Trippier has been out injured for most of 2022. Chris Wood has only scored two goals and Bruno Guimaraes has only recently started games, that’s hence improving other players which kept the Toon on top.
Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton were transformed under Howe’s leadership and all contributed to a new team spirit that reconnected the club with the fans.
Howe might not win Manager of the Season due to Klopp and Guardiola, but his efforts should be credited.
Arteta could be the man to end Arsenal’s exile from the Champions League, but even if he doesn’t he has done a brilliant job.
The Spaniard has put all his faith in exciting young players with a pinch of added experience to help. But he was bold in his decisions, and after a rocky start Arsenal are in pole position for fourth place.
The Gunners lost their opening three games, but Arteta didn’t panic. He replaced Bernd Leno with Aaron Ramsdale in goal and decided to support Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
He got rid of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January after one too many disciplinary problems, and after three straight defeats earlier this month he bounced back with wins over Chelsea and Manchester United.
It hasn’t been an easy season for Arteta but he’s done the right thing with most things and should be named Manager of the Season even if the Gunners miss out on the top four.
Moyes was named Manager of the Season last year after leading West Ham to sixth place and he is set to be nominated again.
The Scot has kept the Irons in and around the top six for most of the year, which is impressive considering he lost Jesse Lingard, has a first-team striker and guided West Ham to victory. Europa League semi-final.
The Hammers have such a small squad, but the spirit Moyes has created allows the Irons to express themselves and perform on two fronts.
They have also beaten Liverpool and Chelsea this year, and although they may miss out on the top four, the Scot has played wonderfully for the Hammers.
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