It’s been a season to remember for everyone connected with Burnley.Pictures: BURNLEY FC/ANDY FORD.

This isn’t being written through gritted teeth.

I promise it’s got nothing to do with the fact I support Manchester United (and King’s Lynn), while my dad supports Man City. And it’s got naff all to do with the fact that the 2017/18 Premier League trophy will be paraded around the Emptihad – I mean Etihad.

City have been absolutely incredible this season and have strolled to the title playing a type of free-flowing and enjoyable football that us snooze-induced United fans can only dream of.

But despite doing a great job in winning his first championship in England, Pep Guardiola is definitely not my manager of the season.

That honour, regardless of whether they qualify for the Europa League, belongs to Sean Dyche. A man who has achieved minor miracles at Burnley.

You see, while City were always expected to be right up there, Dyche and the Clarets should have been scrapping around at the other end.

Yet through hard work, motivation, positivity and incredible organisation, ‘little’ Burnley have won their last five top-flight games (prior to last night’s visit of Chelsea), something they haven’t done since 1968.

European football is on the horizon for the first time in more than 50 years, the top six is within touching distance and it’s all been achieved on a shoestring budget in comparison to the sides around them.

For the year ending June 30, 2017, the Turf Moor club had the joint lowest wage bill in the division of £61 million. No doubt that has risen somewhat, but it would still be streets behind almost all of the sides that sit below them in the table.

The swift improvement of players such as Jack Cork and James Tarkowski has also seen them earn England recognition – something Dyche might have to get used to if he keeps this up.

WE ASKed… 

Who’s been your Premier League manager of the season?

You voted… 

Pep Guardiola
16%

Sean Dyche
71%

Rafa Benitez
6%

Other

7%

You SAId… 

@linnet1976: Has to be Sean Dyche. Done a fantastic job at Burnley to take them to the brink of European football. Rafa Benitez has done a good job considering he works for one of the worst owners in the league.

@Petcook: Jurgen Klopp! Kept Liverpool high up in the league on a small budget and the only manager who has undone Man City. Include them being in the Champions League semi-finals and it gives him the edge. Dyche has done great too!

@DWhitehouse88: Close between Dyche and Benitez – and I’m a Newcastle fan!

@Webbotron: Jose Mourinho. Wait, can I change my nomination to Darren Moore?

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 This week’s poll…

Who has been the Premier League player of the season?

Kevin De Bruyne

Mo Salah

David De Gea

Other (please state)

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