There have been plenty of impressive managerial performances in the Premier League this season, from the top to those that have risen from the bottom. Below are the five top managers of the 2013-14 Premier League season:
The ex-Swansea boss is already deserving of a nomination, even if Liverpool go on to finish in third position. Rodgers has turned Liverpool from Champions League hopefuls that finished in seventh position last year, to title favourites in just one season, and he has done it playing the most impressive, attacking football this country has seen in years. If the Irishman does end up lifting the Premier League trophy, he would have to be a shoe in for the year's best manager, and would probably have presided over the best managerial campaign in the English top flight since Arsenal's "Invincibles" season.
The main rival to Rodgers in my opinion, the former Stoke manager took over a Palace side with 7 points from 12 games and second from bottom. Of all the sides fighting for survival, there was a fairly general consensus that the Londoners were already as good as down. For Pulis to have taken that group of players, a group he hadn't worked with before, and move them 8 places higher up the table and to certain safety would be as big a statement as moving Newcastle to the top of the league. It is no surprise that Pulis has never been relegated, and given the more attractive style of football he has applied compared to his Stoke days, he has shown that he isn't a one trick pony.
Any side that doesn't go straight back down after promotion has outperformed most of the other sides in the Premier League, and though they aren't completely safe yet, the Tigers have certainly shown enough to expect them to take the few points needed to ensure a second season in the top flight. Bruce's Hull are the only outfit to keep with the man that got them up in the first place, clearly showing a longterm successful plan that both Ian Holloway and Malky Mackay were unable to match. An FA Cup final appearance, Europe next year, and the fifth best defensive record in the league are all impressive additions to the former Manchester United captain's CV.
Brendan Rodgers hasn't been the only Merseyside manager to impress over the season, when Roberto Martinez took over at Everton, many wondered how the Toffees would cope now David Moyes had jumped ship to United. How satisfying it must be to their fans that they are now looking down on Moyes despite the status of his new club. Martinez, at his first attempt, has taken Everton to a more serious top four challenge than Moyes managed in the previous nine seasons, all the while employing the Spaniard's signature attractive, fluid style of football.
Pochettino makes the list after another impressive Saints season. He has taken the club to the next level, with the addition of key men such as Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren to the application of the many talented youngsters coming through the ranks. Players such as Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez have flourished under the Argentine, whose work looks like providing the England side with a whole raft of future internationals. Like Martinez, Pochettino has brought an outstanding style of play to his side, and if he continues to push the club on it's not unlikely that we'll see Southampton pushing for the European spots next year.