All week at ProSoccerTalk we are reviewing the dramatic 2014-15 Premier League season. From dishing out awards to looking back at the highs and lows in the 380 games as 20 teams battled it out, we’ll have every angle covered.
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For the full archive of our review content, just hit the link above. Now, we crown our Manager of the Season.
Here’s what our writers had to say about their selections…
Joe Prince-Wright selects… Ronald Koeman
Saints were tipped for relegation at the start of the season. Instead they recorded their highest-ever PL finish of seventh and a record points tally. Koeman brought in key players like Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic, Sadio Mane, Toby Alderweireld and Fraser Forster following the huge summer exodus last season. Now, Saints’ squad looks much stronger. They blew teams away 8-0, 4-0 and 6-1 throughout the campaign and had the second best defense in the PL. An incredible season given it was Koeman’s first as a manger in England.
Nick Mendola selects… Garry Monk
While I think Ronald Koeman did a brilliant job, Monk was forced to navigate a half-season of play after selling Bony. The result? Not a terrible drop-off, and continued results. Orchestrated career years out of Ashley Williams, Lukasz Fabianski and Ki Sung-Yueng. You could also vote for Jose Mourinho and I wouldn’t blink, though I think he deserves more for the management of egos than the set-up on the field. Give me that roster and a top sports psychologist and we’ll still compete for a title!
Kyle Bonn selects… Jose Mourinho
With Southampton fading down the stretch and in danger of missing out on Europe, it cost Ronald Koeman his spot as Coach of the Year. Jose Mourinho dominated the competition and managed his players brilliantly. He’s one of the best in the game – if not the best – right now.
Andy Edwards selects… Ronald Koeman
Southampton were “supposed” to get relegated this year, after selling what felt like their entire squad in the summer. Instead, they challenged for a Champions League place all the way until mid-April. No one “overachieved” more than that, and did so under a first-year manager, to boot.
Kyle Lynch selects… Garry Monk
Jose Mourinho may be the politically correct choice, but Chelsea was expected to win the league and they did. In Garry Monk’s first full season as Swansea City boss, he led the Swans to a club record points tally and an eighth place finish. He’s gotten the best out of players like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ki Sung-yueng, and expect the club from Wales to be even better next year.
Duncan Day selects… Ronald Koeman
Southampton didn’t finish in the top five, but the squad was hanging around with the big dogs for most of the season. It was a roster that had many parts contributing to the final product, and Ronald Koeman deserves praise for the outcome.