The failings of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho this season have been highlighted by their omission from the Premier League Manager of the Season shortlist.
The six-man list is headed by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte who seems certain to win having guided the Blues to the title in his first year in England.
Also on the list are Mauricio Pochettino, Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe, Tony Pulis and Paul Clement who was appointed mid-season and helped Swansea to survival.
It means four British managers have been recognised for impressive work this term.
Premier League Manager of the Season shortlist
Paul Clement (Swansea)
Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Sean Dyche (Burnley)
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Tony Pulis (West Brom)
However, prior to a ball being kicked, the season was billed as a battle between the Manchester-based managers.
Their arrivals at Man City and Man United were accompanied by much fanfare and promises of silverware on both sides of the city.
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But both their teams have failed to dazzle; Guardiola will be simply relieved to have his team set to finish in the top four while Mourinho’s side are currently sixth despite a huge outlay on players in the summer.
That said, Mourinho and Gary Neville yesterday on Sky Sports both think that success in the two trophies – the EFL Cup and Europa League – that United are still in the running for would make Mourinho’s first season a success.
Mourinho still thinks it could be three successes but he’s counting the Community Shield, which is questionable at best to be considered in the same bracket as more major honours.