With only two game weeks left, the Premier League has unveiled its nominees for the 2022/23 Manager of the Season award.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola is an unsurprising inclusion given his side’s position at the top of the pile while title-chasing Mikel Arteta also makes the cut off the back of an excellent 10 months in the Arsenal dug-out.
Despite taking over their respective clubs during the course of the campaign, Roberto De Zerbi and Unai Emery have also been nominated as Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa sit sixth and eighth in the standings, still in the hunt to qualify for European football.
Eddie Howe and Marco Silva round off the six-man shortlist. Howe has got Newcastle United challenging for the top four, while Silva has done an excellent job at Fulham.
The winner of the award will be decided by public votes combined with a panel of football experts and announced on May 30 – just two days after the conclusion of the season.
Jurgen Klopp is the current holder of the award but a relatively underwhelming season from his side has seen him miss out on the list of potential winners this time around.
While Liverpool have made a late surge for a top-four place in recent weeks, the Reds have been disappointing by their usual standards over the course of the whole season.
On course to secure a fifth league crown in six years, Guardiola could become only the second manager after Sir Alex Ferguson to pick up the Premier League Manager of the Season accolade on more than three occasions.
Following a comprehensive 4-0 demolition of Real Madrid last night, the 52-year-old is on course to secure a historic treble and the first by an English club since Ferguson’s Manchester United side in 1999.