Former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp believes that Chris Wilder is the leading contender to be named Manager of the Year at the moment.
The Sheffield United manager has enjoyed a superb start to life in the Premier League and has guided the Blades to fifth place in the table after 12 games (BBC Sport).
Will Sheffield United be able to keep a hold of Chris Wilder?
He pipped the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp to the LMA award last season after guiding his side to promotion from the Championship (BBC Sport), and Redknapp believes that he could do so again this term.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, Redknapp said:“Chris Wilder has to be favourite to win the Premier League’s Manager of the Year award right now.
“Frank Lampard is performing amazingly at Chelsea, getting big performances out of young players. What a story it would be if Jurgen Klopp leads Liverpool to the title ahead of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, too.
“But Wilder has wowed us all. His Sheffield United side were written off by plenty at the start of the season. But look at them now – leaving the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium disappointed with only a point.
“If they can finish in the top half of the table, then Wilder has to take home that award.”
There is no doubt that Wilder has been one of the stand out managers in English football this season.
The 52-year-old has guided his team to some impressive results so far this term, including a home win against Arsenal and away draws against both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur (Transfermarkt).
They are in fact unbeaten on the road which is extremely impressive given that they are a newly-promoted club (Transfermarkt).
His 3-5-2 system which includes deploying overlapping centre-backs continues to bamboozle opposition teams, and what makes his work even more impressive is that he is still playing the majority of players that won promotion last season.
If the Blades can continue their success, then he has to be considered for the Manager of the Year award again, given that they were tipped by many including The Guardian to finish 20th before a ball was kicked.
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