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Guardiola named manager of the season – but fans think Moyes deserved the nod

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Pep Guardiola has been awarded the Barclays Manager of the Season crown following a Premier League campaign in which Manchester City finished 12 points clear at the top.

Despite Champions League disappointment against Chelsea, the Etihad side turned around a difficult start to the season in which they sat eighth in the table after 16 fixtures.

Following a run of 20 wins in their final 23 outings, Guardiola once again proved his expertise to lift the league title for a third time in four seasons.

Despite the statistics, there are those that question the continued expenditure at City, with another candidate coming up as a more worthy winner in the minds of many on social media.

David Moyes took West Ham from 16th in the table to sixth over the course of 12 months, leading the Hammers into European qualification via the Europa League in some style.

West Ham won 19 of their 38 league fixtures including a run of seven wins from nine fixtures across January and February – ending the campaign just two points from Champions League qualification.

One Twitter user wrote: "So David Moyes who took a rubbish West Ham team to Europe without spending money wasn't good enough…."

With a second adding: "Moyes takes a team from battling relegation MID SEASON, makes wonder signings of people we’ve never heard of before and end with europa league. Robbed."

Was Pep Guardiola a worthy winner? Tell us in the comments section below.

A third continued: "Does these people know what Moyes have done with West Ham."

A fourth wrote: "We forgetting the season West Ham have had? Nearly relegated last season and now a season later in a Europe spot."

A fifth said: "David Moyes should've won this. Took West Ham from 16th to 6th (within points of Champions League football) despite multiple injuries, a small squad and having spent almost no money. Honourable mention to Marcelo Bielsa too."

Gary Neville has also picked out the Hammers for praise in his season review for Sky Sports.

"West Ham were consistent all season," he said.

"An outstanding performance. They flirted with Champions League but you always felt they were just going to drop out at the last, but this is a really good season."

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  • Premier League
  • Manchester City FC
  • West Ham FC
  • Pep Guardiola

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