The Premier League just published the official list of five contenders for the Manager of the Season award, and there is a very familiar name between them: Eddie Howe
Thomas Frank - @BrentfordFC— Premier League (@premierleague) May 13, 2022
Pep Guardiola - @ManCity
⚫️ Eddie Howe - @NUFC ⚪️
Jurgen Klopp - @LFC
Patrick Vieira - @CPFC
It's time for you to pick your @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Season
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The five candidates for the award come from all places and positions across the 2021-22 Premier League table. With two games to go, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are still battling for the ultimate prize: lifting the PL trophy when all is said and done. Patrick Vieira kept Crystal Palace’s development going. Thomas Frank brought Brentford back to the Premier League and has kept the club afloat for the second consecutive season. But there is one and only one man who has made history this season: wor own Eddie.
Howe, who was appointed by Newcastle last Nov. 8 to replace Steve Bruce, took charge of a team that was, simply put, stuck in the middle of very muddy waters. Howe is now commanding a club that has already sealed its presence in the 2022-23 Premier League season after dodging a seemingly inevitable relegation to the Championship.
Oh, and while doing so, Howe has made Premier League History. Just saying. Howe is the first and only manager to avoid relegation with a team that failed to win any of their first 14 Premier League games. No, seriously. This is how the table looked after 14 games, on Dec. 2.
Matchweek 14, you were quite something pic.twitter.com/snwl2wEers— Premier League (@premierleague) December 2, 2021
This is how the table would look from Dec. 3 to the end of Thursday’s London Derby.
Yes. That right there sitting in the seventh-place is Newcastle United, folks. Such has been the turnaround under Eddie Howe’s management. And that alone should make Howe the clear-cut winner of the Manager of the Season award.
Just in case you didn’t know, you can swing the results by voting for the PL MotS over here. The voting is open until Monday, May 16, so you better hurry and smash that “Eddie Howe” button. The panel of “football experts” will be a threat to Howe’s chances at getting the award, but you can still push for an underdog to get that W and get his more than deserved award by the time the voting is over.
Let’s go Howe!