Pep Guardiola Reveals Two Managers He Wouldn't Mind Beating Him To Award
The best manager of any season in theory is the manager who wins the Premier League, after all his team must be the best, however Pep Guardiola revealed the two names he wouldn't be too upset at if they beat him.
Guardiola and Manchester City have been far away from anyone all season and it was no surprise when they won the title two weeks ago, it was around September the last time they weren't top.
The former Barcelona manager didn't have a great first season in the Premier League last year but this season he has turned his team around, as well as making some excellent signings he's improved the likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho and Kevin de Bruyne.
City have already seen Kevin de Bruyne pipped to one end of season award as Mo Salah beat the Belgian to the title of PFA Player of the Year but surely Guardiola won't miss out on his award?
Well according to the Spaniard there's two people who he wouldn't mind beating him. Speaking ahead of the West Ham game Guardiola said:
"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."
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Guardiola explained his thinking, including why he wasn't annoyed with Salah's victory, adding, "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."
Of course if Darren Moore or Mark Hughes manage to keep their respective sides in the Premier League for next season then they may also fully deserve the award, especially in Moore's case at West Brom.
Former Bayern boss Pep also admitted he doesn't like single awards in a team sport, saying, "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.
"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 may not like them but there's a good chance he'll have an award soon.