Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Glenn Hoddle has opted for Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho as his 2014 Manager of the Year, despite Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini winning the Premier League title in his debut season in charge.
The football pundit has been dishing out his 2014 football awards, and his controversial managerial choice is likely to cause a bit of a stir.
Since joining the Citizens from La Liga side Malaga, Pellegrini has perhaps even succeeded expectations by completing a league and cup double in his debut season in charge.
Mourinho, meanwhile, embarked on a trophy-less campaign back at Stamford Bridge, although on the basis of the first half of this season that surely looks set to change.
The Blues currently top the table heading in to the festive period yet it is the self-proclaimed Special One’s summer transfer activity and desire to win which has ultimately caught Hoddle’s eye.
“It may be an obvious choice but it’s hard to get away from just how well his time at Chelsea is going — though the test will be whether he wins something,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.
“He made a profit for the club in the summer transfer window and still ended up with a stronger team. The balance of the side is lovely.
"Don’t forget, Mourinho is having to accommodate the desire of the owner for attractive football but he’s doing that without compromising his principles.
“I love the fact he fielded a strong side at Derby in the Capital One Cup — he wants to win every single game. I think he’s doing an even better job than the last time he was at Stamford Bridge.
“They’re chasing four trophies and I believe they will at least have the Premier League title in 2015 — and maybe they can challenge Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona for the Champions League.”