You can make a strong argument that, whatever else may come, Mauricio Pochettino has done his best coaching of his Tottenham Hotspur this season. Now, he’s being rewarded for his efforts. Pochettino was one of four managers nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Season award, along with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, and Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo.
Pochettino has a strong case for the award. Tottenham have been operating with one metaphorical hand behind the club’s back all season — no incoming signings for an entire calendar year, a protracted stadium saga that saw them play their home games at Wembley Stadium for a year and a half, and a squad that has been ravaged by injuries. And yet Spurs are almost certainly qualifying for the top four this season and have played their way to the semifinals of the league cup and the semifinals of the Champions League. That’s a minor miracle considering the resources at his disposal.
But the other candidates also have strong cases for the award. Pep Guardiola has taken a Manchester City team oozing with money and talent to the cusp of back-to-back Premier League titles, but as impressively could end up just two points shy of his 100-point total from last year. Jurgen Klopp has coached his Liverpool side to a one loss season, a huge improvement from last year, and has challenged City for the title every step along the way. Nuno took a Wolves side that promoted from the Championship last year and taken them to a very impressive seventh place finish, ahead of teams such as Everton and Leicester.
This is a Tottenham blog and I’m a Tottenham fan, so I have my biases, but any one of these managers could win the award and there isn’t a strong favorite. The award is based in part by a fan vote, and you can choose your favorite at the Premier League’s website.