Swansea City's Michael Laudrup named best Premier League boss by fellow top-flight managers
MICHAEL Laudrup has been named the best boss in the Premier League — by his fellow top-flight managers.
Laudrup came out as the overwhelming winner in a survey of the 20 elite-league bosses.
And there was more good news for Swansea City as Michu was recognised as the signing of the season, while Ben Davies got a mention in the best young player category.
The survey, conducted for Barclays by the League Managers’ Association, asked which Premier League manager had impressed most this season.
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Laudrup cleaned up in that category, with no-one coming close to competing with his 46 per cent share of the vote.
“At the beginning of the season many wondered whether Swansea would be able to maintain their impressive start to Premier League life, but Michael Laudrup has come in, managed to sustain their league progress and recently won the League Cup,” said former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier.
“He has probably made the shrewdest signing of the season in Michu and deserves the praise from his peers. Overall the survey highlights that promoted clubs can establish themselves in the Barclays Premier League, gain the respect of the established managers, play quality football and excite fans.
“It’s good for the future of the Premier League and football in this country.” Laudrup follows in the footsteps of predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who was named the Premier League’s most impressive manager when a similar survey was done 12 months ago.
Michu was named best new recruit of 2012-13 having scored 19 goals — and counting — following his bargain £2.2 million move from Rayo Vallecano last summer. The attacking midfielder came out on top ahead of Robin van Persie (35 per cent), with Santi Cazorla, Dimitar Berbatov and Steven Nzonzi all taking six per cent of the vote.
Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling (52 per cent) cleaned up in the best young player category, but Swansea left-back Davies (six per cent) was joint-fourth alongside Nzonzi and former Liberty loan star Steven Caulker. Adam Lallana (18 per cent) and Oscar (12 per cent) made up the podium in that section.
Swansea’s bright contribution to the Premier League over the last two seasons may also have contributed to the answers to a question on what has the biggest impact tactically on the division in the last five years.
More than a third of managers (35 per cent) responded by highlighting a more positive attacking style from recently-promoted sides.
Beaten in cruel circumstances at West Brom last weekend, Swansea hope Leon Britton (hip) will be back for next Saturday’s home clash with Arsenal. But Chico Flores (ankle) is rated very doubtful and Kemy Agustien (thigh) is also expected to miss out again.