From 2016/17 the Premier League’s awards for the best players, managers and goals will have a new look and, for the first time, you, the public, have the chance to vote on who should win.
In deciding the winners, a panel of experts (see below) including Premier League legends such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Shearer and Jamie Carragher cast their votes in all three categories: Barclays Manager of the Month; EA SPORTS Player of the Month; and the Carling Goal of the Month.
For the player award, for the first time, the Premier League has also called on the nominees’ peers to contribute, with the club captains casting votes for a winner.
And from this season, the public have had the chance to play a role, too, helping to decide the winners in each category.
The public’s votes cast in each category will represent 10% of the total votes and will be combined with those of the panel (and captains, for the player award), and so could prove crucial in deciding who will receive the awards.
|Sir Alex Ferguson||Lynsey Hipgrave||Graeme Le Saux||Jason Roberts|
|Thierry Henry||Jermaine Jenas||Niall Quinn||Kevin Miles|
|Jamie Carragher||Kelly Cates||Eni Aluko||EA representative|
|Hayley McQueen||Alan Shearer||Shay Given||Barclays representative|
|Rio Ferdinand||Jacqui Oatley||Chris Foy||Carling representative|
The Manager of the Month award began in 1993/94, a year after the Premier League’s debut season in 1992/93. Meanwhile the Player of the Month award followed in 1994/95.
The inaugural Manager of the Month winner was Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson in August 1993. The former Old Trafford boss went on to win the award a record 27 times.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann won the maiden Player of the Month in August 1994. Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard holds the record for the most awards with six.
See: Awards history