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Lampard and Wilder beat Guardiola on to Premier League Manager of the Season shortlist with Klopp

Frank Lampard and Chris Wilder have beaten Pep Guardiola to make the shortlist for Premier League Manager of the Season.

The Manchester City boss scooped the award for the 2018-2019 campaign after his side won a second successive title but they finished last season 18 points behind champions Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp leads the nominations after inspiring the Reds to their first title in 30 years while Brendan Rodgers takes the final place on the shortlist after the Foxes finished fifth. 

Lampard makes the list after his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea finishing fourth.

The Blues were hit with a transfer ban at the start of the campaign which saw the manager turn to youngsters Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham – who repaid him with their impressive performances.

Fikayo Tomori, Billy Gilmour and Reece James also made the step up to the first-team under Lampard.

Klopp is the favourite to win the award after his Liverpool side dominated much of the season.

The Reds went unbeaten until February and finished the campaign on 99 points. 

Guardiola beat Klopp to the award and league title last season but failed to make the shortlist this year with City losing nine games, despite finishing second.

Leicester missed out on a place in the Champions League after winning just two games after the June restart. But manager Rodgers still made the shortlist with the club impressing up until the league’s suspension in March.

Foxes’ striker Jamie Vardy finished as the division’s top scorer and has been nominated for the Player of the Season award. 

Joining Rodgers on the shortlist is Sheffield United boss Wilder who enjoyed an impressive debut season in the top flight. The Blades finished ninth, just five points off Tottenham in sixth.

Many predicted the newly-promoted side would finish in the bottom three but the Yorkshire club never threatened to slip into the relegation battle.

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