By Russell Edge

29th Apr, 2018 | 6:51pm

'Amazing' - Title winner makes stunning claim over Newcastle fan favourite in rave review

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has singled out Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez as one of two managers who are deserving of the manager of the year award this season.

The two Spanish bosses have both enjoyed relative success with their sides, City going on to win the Premier League title in what looks set to be a record breaking campaign while United are pushing for a top 10 finish on their first season back in the top flight, despite a lack of spending in the transfer market.

However, despite seeming the odds-on favourite to pick up the honour of best manager come the end of the season, Guardiola has nominated Benitez and Burnley’s Sean Dyche, who has helped his side to an unexpected seventh place, instead in a stunning claim and rave review.

He was quoted by Metro as saying: “Of course, the teams for the players who are nominated to win have more chance

“But, believe me, if the Burnley manager, my colleagues, or, for example, Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – he’s made an amazing job.

“For example, Salah is [named] the best player – I’m not going to say it’s unfair. But if they say Kevin [De Bruyne], I’m not going to say it’s unfair too.

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“There are many, many players and many managers who deserve that.”

Football Insider verdict

What Benitez has done at St James’ Park this year has been special but there is no way he will be winning it ahead of Dyche or Guardiola. City have wiped the floor with the rest of the Premier League this season and a lot of that comes down to the Spaniard’s leadership and tactics, which have been near-perfect for the entirety of the campaign. Meanwhile the Clarets have been consistently impressive with both their performances and results and are sitting a mighty impressive seventh on merit. A top 10 finish would be stunning for Newcastle but in comparison to the others, it just is not enough to warrant Benitez being handed the award.

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