Fans of rival clubs have taken to social media to back Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez in his bid to be named manager of the year after being named as one of the six nominees.
The Spanish boss, who has been on Tyneside since arriving back in 2016, has been put forward alongside Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Burnley’s Sean Dyche, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Brighton’s Chris Hughton and Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson, as confirmed on the Premier League’s official Twitter account.
There can only be one @BarclaysFooty Manager of the Season…
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 5, 2018
The six managers have all enjoyed relative success with their sides, Guardiola picking up the Premier League title in what could be a record breaking season, Dyche getting the Clarets on the verge of European qualification and Benitez taking his newly promoted Newcastle to a possible top 10 finish, despite a lack of spending in the transfer window.
With opinions flying around on Twitter, a lot of rival fans were left backing the Magpies’ boss for the award, many insisting the job he has done on a limited budget makes him worthy of the win.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Rafa Benitez for me
— Batesons toe (@OxladeOrgasm) May 5, 2018
That’s the real chart of the spending
Look at Rafa spending
He’s kept Newcastle up with average players
No manager could have done what Benitez has done pic.twitter.com/ExYwd7ewXf
— SCARFACE ???????? ???????? (@LFC_LION) May 5, 2018
I honestly think Benitez should win it
— Dean D.S (@TQdeanoo) May 5, 2018
Benitez has in 10th place with a Championship squad, definately in with a shout
— Luke (@LukeRolt) May 5, 2018
Benitez has been a revelation. He kept newcastle up in the premier league with a championship team.
— LFC FAN (@Remyz19) May 5, 2018
Dyche, Hughton and Benitez are all very deserving.
— B (@FlanagansTackle) May 5, 2018
Pep for sure.but,personally i will back Benitez.he has done a great job with a limited resources.well deserved!
— Rex Chen (@CfcRex) May 5, 2018
Premier League Manager of the season? Klopp, Benitez, Hodgson, Dyche, Hughton and Guardiola nominated.
— Björn Tegelberg (@Kopite_L4) May 5, 2018
Newcastle currently sit 10th in the table with three games to play, a point ahead of Brighton, who have played a game more, and three points behind Leicester City.
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