Newcastle fans want Benitez awarded Manager of the Year but Twitter disagrees

Newcastle United fans look on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Who should win the Premier League Manager of the Year award? Newcastle United's Rafa Benitez or Burnley's Sean Dyche?

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on April 15, 2018 in...

Rafa Benitez boasts Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Chelsea and Valencia on a storied managerial CV.

But keeping a Newcastle United squad lacking in top class talent in the Premier League was one of the biggest tasks of his 25-year coaching career. Benitez, however, appears to have passed the challenge with flying colours.

With five games to go in the season, Newcastle are 13 points clear of safety and are sitting in tenth place, with a top-half finish within their grasp on the back of Sunday’s impressive 2-1 victory against Arsenal.

Kenedy of Newcastle United celebrates victory with Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on...

So surely Benitez, who has had to contend with a penny-pinching owner reluctant to invest in a second-rate squad, deserves to be right in the running for the Manager of the Year job? Newcastle fans certainly think so.

But it seems that Benitez is not the Twitter favourite as things stand.

Instead, that particular accolade goes to Sean Dyche who, like his Spanish counterpart, has overachieved massively with a squad that should be nowhere near the Premier League’s top ten on paper.

Sean Dyche manager of Burnley gestures during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2017 in London, England.

Burnley are seventh right now and, unless Southampton pull off a major shock and win the FA Cup, will be playing European football next season.

Perhaps the biggest compliment you can pay the Clarets is that they have never been in the relegation fight, a battle that has taken up almost half of the league.

But does Dyche really deserve the award more than Benitez?

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