Sean Dyche has been giving his verdict on who should be named manager of the year for 2017/18, but he hasn’t pointed the finger at any of his Premier League peers.
Dyche, for many one of the brightest managers in the top flight for his work at Burnley, believes that the heroics of Millwall’s Neil Harris and Accrington’s John Coleman outshines anything Pep Guardiola has done with Manchester City.
“He [Harris] is a friend, but I wouldn’t vote for him just for that reason,” Dyche told ESPN.cm.
“I’m professional enough to not do that. I just look at clubs like Millwall; I know a little bit about the structure of the club, its wage structure and how they are bringing players through and they have kind of come out of the pack. They were safe a number of games ago but their desire to carry on, and that of the manager to keep the team performing, I think they are all great signs.”
Dyche isn’t the only manager who believes the work Harris has put in at Millwall deserve recognition, he cited another Championship manager’s words as validation of his belief.
“I think what Neil Warnock said earlier this week about this was fantastic. I think he [Warnock] has been voted for as the manager of that division, but Neil Warnock said: ‘Hang on a minute, if Neil Harris goes and gets this done or makes the playoffs, for me it would be him.'”
He also gave a nod to League Two leaders Accrington Stanley, arguably one of the smallest clubs in the Football league but on the cusp of securing the title.
“John Coleman gets a mention too. I think he has done an amazing job at Accrington. I try and look not just at the position of the club, as in whether they are in the Premier League or not, it’s more about the work that is being done.”
I like Sean Dyche, the job he’s done at Burnley is nothing short of phenomenal, not only taking them to the top flight but establishing them as a Premier League team. He understands what makes a manager and he’s quite right, those two do deserve a special mention. It would be remiss not to also call out Paul Hurst at Shrewsbury and Chris Wilder at Sheffield United, two more managers who have performed beyond all expectation.
Hurst is a name you’ll hear much more of in the coming weeks, it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s managing in the Championship next season, be it with Shrewsbury or someone else.