The curtain has come down on another Premier League season. Manchester City might have walked the title race and Mo Salah captured the Golden Boot, but what about those unsung heroes and villains who deserve a shout out? Luckily Chris Bascombe is on hand to dish out his alternative awards… Optimist of the Year “If you look at how we showed spirit, we were quite dynamic. What we showed gives us a lot of hope for the future.” Frank De Boer, Crystal Palace manager, September 10, 2017. He was sacked September 11. Pessimist of the Year “It could be an even worse scenario. Realistically, when you look at these games, people will say, ‘how can you win them? In the short term defeats are staring us in the face.” Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace manager, September 16, 2017 Hodgson secured Palace’s safety with a game to spare. Vote of self-confidence of the Year “I have no doubt I am the man to turn it around and the players are behind me. I know when a dressing room grows apart from the manager. I do not have that feeling.” Paul Clement, Swansea manager, December 7, 2017. Vote of no confidence of the Year… Read full this story
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