Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri has unsurprisingly been voted by fans as the Premier League manager of the season so far, ahead of Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.
It’s getting close to that time of year where we start thinking about who will be scooping the end of the season awards.
Now, in a 90min poll asking supporters for their choice on ‘Manager of the Year’ so far, more than 39,000 Premier League fans have made themselves heard.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the result was overwhelmingly in favour of Ranieri, who claimed a massive 71% of the overall vote having guided Leicester to the top of table against all the odds.
Ranieri had a tough act to follow after predecessor Nigel Pearson was able to mastermind an incredible late run of form that saw the Foxes escape what looked to be inevitable relegation last season. But the Italian has done even more in 2015-16 as Leicester sit two points clear at the summit with just 12 games to go.
Prior to his season, the 64-year-old hadn’t managed in English football since he was sacked by Chelsea in 2004. His relaxed style has most definitely got the best out of a plucky bunch of players, many of whom haven’t fitted elsewhere in their careers.
Albeit as distant second choice, there was also a notable amount of support for Pochettino, who took 21% of the vote. The Argentine has made Spurs, a club with an unfortunate reputation for crumbling under pressure, into genuine title contenders for the first time in a generation or more.
Having put his faith in a group of very talented young, and predominantly English, players, Pochettino has been able to change the whole philosophy at White Hart Lane. No longer is the club wasting money in the transfer market and there seems to be a very specific vision that he’s managing to make into a reality.
In a season where Arsenal are still firmly in the title race, Arsene Wenger was third in the poll with 6% of the vote. Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores came fourth with only 2% of people backing him, despite the fact the Hornets are set to survive in the Premier League for the first time – at the third attempt.
For more fan views, to cast your vote via FanVoice or to join the conversation visit www.90min.com
By Jamie Spencer