PFA Manager/ Player of the year

by Michael Somerville

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

No time for sentiments

I’m sure that whatever manager delivers the Premier League this season to their respective club will be made manager of the year for this season. Obviously it will only be Sir Alex Ferguson or Rafa Benitez who has a real chance, as Gus Hiddink has not had the time to establish himself or his ideas on Chelsea or the Premier League. If Benitez wins the award, it will be richly deserved as he has gone most of the season without his two most potent attacking players in Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, and still has scored the most goals out of any team in the top leagues. (59)

Alex Ferguson has, rather surprisingly, excelled in defence rather than attack this season, shown in Utd’s 14 clean consecutive clean sheets this season. Utd had to content with Johnny Evans and John O’ Shea- hardly first team regulars and their organisation at the back this season has been key in them going for their third consecutive championship.

Now I know there isn’t an award for overachievement in the real world, but if there was such a thing it would have to go Roy Hodgson. After last season heroics, Fulham have gone from strength to strength this season, banishing their terrible away form of last season and holding the Premier League big boys, even beating Manchester United and holding Chelsea at home. Hodgson has taken an average looking defence and has made them into a fortress with possibly signings of the season Mark Schwarzer and Brede Hangeland holding the Premier League’s best time after time. Up to the lofty heights of 8th might not look fantastic on paper, but when you think that they were likely candidates to go down, Hodgson has done a fantastic job. He’s here to stay, as Gareth Bale and Giles Barnes look like very possible additions next season- two young wonder kids that could be great players under the right guidance. The Europa Cup is within reach as well, which would be a great achievement.

Finally, as I’m sure everyone else is, is to register some bafflement at the player of the year nominations and young player of the year for this year.  Raphael Da Silva, has only played 11 games this season and has played adequately this season but surely not up there with the likes of James Milner and Alex Song who have pulled the strings for their midfields this season. Arsene Wenger has expressed his displeasure of the exclusion of Arsenal players this season- something I actually agree with for once. I do believe that Wenger is building a team for the future and Song does deserve a mention. He’s taken the “Flamini” role with great gusto, and has looked like a useful Arsenal player this season.

Going back to Fulham, Danny Murphy has been excellent this season if you consider his age and the players round him, he has been consistant and probably deserves to knock Ferdinand off the nomination list. Although Christiano has not been at his electrifying best of late, he has still weighed in with 21 goals this season,  a true sign of a great player when this is considered sub standard.

Finally, Steven Gerrard has enjoyed a vintage season with Liverpool and has improved his performances for England- surely good news for the country. Somewhat inevitably, it seems like Gerrard is going to finish up with no silverwear, which is a shame. It looks like Gerrard might need to place his eggs in the England basket if he want’s the glory that he so richly deserves.

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  • Tef1on

    I think we should make a UKFF team of the year where we all get to vote for who we think should be in, get a list of 30 names and make us all vote

  • Darren

    good idea, I’ll have to think how it could work though

  • Darren

    manager of the season is Rwoy Hogdson, not because I enjoy his interviews to see how many times he puts a w in his words; ‘I thought we played Vwery well’ for example, but for what he has achieved. He kept them up which was a miracle in itself. They might even make europe, have the 4th best defense in the league and actually play decent football

  • Tef1on

    Aye been saying it for a while that things at Fulham have been good! I was upset that they sold Bullard but things are rolling on and they can win without him! Certainly a much better mentality since Hodgson has been there

  • Martin Tibbetts

    Of course Hodgson is manager of the year, by a country mile. But he has no chance of winning it because of who he manages. Just proves how pathetic these awards are and how they enhance the public perception that there are only 4 teams in the country….

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