1. ITV Report

Newcastle's Benitez nominated for 'manager of the year'

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Newcastle boss Rafa Benítez has been nominated for the Premier League's Barclays Manager of the Season award.

Benitez is on a six-man shortlist for the award after guiding Newcastle to safety - and potentially a top-ten finish - in the top flight with largely the same squad that won the Sky Bet Championship title last season.

He is in esteemed company on the shortlist, which also includes:

  • Manchester City's title-winning boss Pep Guardiola
  • Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche is nominated after guiding Burnley to the brink of Europe
  • Former Magpies manager Chris Hughton
  • Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson

Alan Pardew was the last Newcastle manager to win the award after the Magpies finished fifth in the top flight under his stewardship in 2011/12.