Premier League relegation remains a distinct possibility for Burnley, but their manager Sean Dyche is an excellent bet for LMA Manager of the Year.
The Clarets boss is an enormous 20/1 shot to claim the accolade despite his side’s perilous position and there are plenty of factors suggesting it’s a worthwhile wager.
Not since 2004 has a non-British manager won the award.
In order to break the Brit stranglehold on the trophy, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had to go an entire season unbeaten.
This glorious achievement was, obviously, impossible for the LMA to ignore, but since then they have repeatedly overlooked the rudder-marshalling heroics of several coaches born beyond the borders of Blighty.
Jose Mourinho won the Premier League in his first and second seasons at Chelsea, Roberto Mancini evolved Manchester City from Champions League hopefuls to trophy-vacuuming powerhouse and Mauricio Pochettino propelled Southampton into the top-flight’s upper echelons.
All of these commendable efforts, along with those of several others, have not been deemed worthy winners of the LMA’s highest award.
This doesn’t bode well for the current top three in the betting.
Jose Mourinho is favourite at 5/4, but his Chelsea team aren’t as dominant as they were in either of his previous title-winning campaigns when he was overlooked.
Then comes Southampton’s Ronald Koeman at 2/1, followed by Manuel Pellegrini at 6/1.
A Premier League and Capital One Cup double wasn’t enough to get the Man City supremo’s name etched on the trophy and he won’t top the achievement this time around.
In threatening to break into the top-four fraternity, Koeman’s Saints are the season’s biggest overachievers, but an aversion to hand the award to foreign coaches makes him worth opposing.
Dyche’s Burnley are defying expectations.
Universally expected to have their relegation confirmed in record time, the Clarets are only inside the drop zone on goal difference after 26 games.
With so many teams embroiled in the survival skirmish, the Lancashire club are certainly capable of staying up and, if they prove almost every pre-season prediction incorrect, Dyche could feasibly land the LMA gong.
Don’t miss out on his huge price.