Wenger’s choices for Manager of the Year

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has named Hull City’s Steve Bruce and Crystal Palace’s Tony Pulis as his choices for Premier League Manager of the Year.

Arsenal's manager – often dubbed The Professor – has his own criteria when judging who should be named Premier League Manager of the Year.

The natural frontrunners for the award are those managers who are in charge of clubs bagging trophies (or at least coming close) – men such as Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho. But what about those clubs near the bottom ?

Well, Wenger believes that the award should go to those who manage to get the best out of their squads, and achieve more than is expected of them.

The Frenchman, therefore, has said that Hull City boss Steve Bruce and Crystal Palace chief Tony Pulis would be his own choices for Manager of the Year.

The Arsenal boss is quoted by The Mirror: 'Steve Bruce (of Hull) and Tony Pulis have done exceptional work as well, yes, after the guy who will win the Premier League. But I believe the real job of a manager is to take the best out of the potential of the team.

'The easy way is always to choose the guy who wins the League, but it is not always him who has done the best job. The real job is to take the best out of the potential of the team and certainly they are candidates'.

Steve Bruce has done a fabulous job for The Tigers, consolidating their place in the Premier League and setting up an FA Cup final date against Wenger's Arsenal next month. And while the former Manchester United defender is a worthy candidate, one man who surely is a stand-out this season is Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis.

Heavy tipped to go down from the start of the season, Crystal Palace were 6 ponits from safety when Pulis arrived in November. With 33 points from their last 22 games, however, Palace now sit comfortably on 40 points in and 11th spot in the Premier League - having won their last four games on the spin to boot.


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