Welcome to the first edition of the La Liga News UK End of Year awards.
Today’s article is the first in a series of public votes with the aim of finding the very best of Spanish football in 2017. Every day, we will nominate four candidates in their respective candidates and give a brief summary as to why we feel they should win their respective award.
It will be then left you, our readers, to vote for the candidate you feel deserves the prize.
If none of our nominations take your fancy then you are allowed to nominate your own candidate, however, in the hopes of finding a winner that has been consistently impressively throughout the year of 2017, we have decided on three important rules.
- The candidate should be judged only on their performances between 1st January to 31st December 2017.
- The candidate must still be managing in Spain
- Voting closes at midnight 15th January 2018
Today’s category is the manager of the year and here are our four nominees for the prize:
- Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
The Frenchman had argubably the finest year of his young managerial career in 2017. His Madrid side wrapped up the La Liga title in impressive fashion, winning all of their last six league games. In fact, Zidane side have only been beaten five times in the league throughout the course of 2017. In Europe, Zizou and co broke the holders curse by defending their Champions League crown in Cardiff, beating Juventus 4-1 in the final. Despite a rocky start to their campagin this season, Real Madrid have still won three trophies and that is thanks in no small part to their talismanic manager.
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2. Ernesto Valverde (Athletic Club de Bilbao-Barcelona)
Valverde’s year has gone under the radar among most Spanish football fans, but the Basque manager has had a very impressive 2017. His Athletic Club side ensured that they would be competing for a place in the Europa League group stages after finishing 7th in the league. Valverde then moved to Barcelona, where he has led the Catalans to the top of the table, despite a poor summer transfer window. Valverde appointment to the Barca hotseat had seemed doomed to fail, but, he shocked everyone and is currently unbeaten as boss of his new club.
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3. Marcelino (Valencia)
There is perhaps an argument that Marcelino doesn’t deserve to be on this list, considering he was unemployed up until the start of the new season. However, its hard to exclude a man who has played such a crucial part in resurrecting Valencia this season. Having an impressive transfer window which has seen him bring in the likes of Neto and Kondogbia, Marcelino’s Valencia have come flying out of the traps in way no one could have forseen. Now sitting five points off the top, behind only an even more impressive Barcelona, Marcelino has looked to have done a years work with Los Che in just a few months, hence why he is named on this list.
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4. Asier Garitano (Leganes)
The obvious dark horse on the list, Garitano achievements this year are arguably as impressive of any of his peers. He kept Leganes in La Liga at of the start of the year and is now leading them on a charge for European football! The Madrid side sit 8th in the table currently just a point off the Europa League spots, 15 games in. Garitano has gone under the radar of some clubs hunting for a manager heading into 2018 and the Leganes board will be hoping that they continue to overlook their in form manager.
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