The 2014-15 season is almost over and while every man and his dog is chiming in with their opinion on who should be named in the team of the year here at Ladbrokes News we’re taking a different route.
Our resident ambassador Chris Kamara will be naming the winners of our end of season awards in the coming days but first we need you to vote for your favourites.
We’re kicking things off today with the Villain of the Year shortlist so read on to see who makes our rogue’s gallery and then have your say by using the vote box below.
Lee Cattermole- Sunderland
With 14 cautions this season no one has been booked more than the Black Cats midfielder and while some fans may hail his willingness to get stuck in it is worth noting that Sunderland won just three of the games in which the 27-year-old was cautioned.
As well as being hammered 8-0 by Southampton and losing to Arsenal, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and even QPR the Mackems also dropped valuable points to the likes of Leicester, Aston Villa, Stoke and Hull showing that the former Wigan and Middlesbrough man might just be too fired up!
Mike Ashley – Newcastle United
The ‘Ashley Out’ campaign seemed to start almost immediately after Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley took the reigns at St James’ Park.
The Magpies had already been relegated under his watch but the relationship seemed to thaw once promotion back to the top flight was secured. This season has been an unmitigated disaster though.
Alan Pardew, who has gone on to work wonders with Palace, was allowed to leave and in his place Ashley appointed John Carver who has managed to win just two of his 18 games in charge – losing 13 – and could yet take the Geordies back down to the Championship.
Harry Redknapp – QPR
“Ooh it’s me knees” fan favourite Harry Redknapp said when deciding to call time on his Loftus Road spell in January. The timing just doesn’t sit right with us though and it’s clear to everyone that the fact he wasn’t allowed to spend his way out of trouble during the transfer window played some part in his decision to leave.
With QPR now relegated after just one season in the top flight Rs fans may start to look at old ‘Arry in the same light as those at Southampton!
Nigel Pearson – Leicester City
Entertaining though he may be Pearson’s bully-boy antics with the press and weird throttling of James McArthur mean you never know what to expect from the man. Granted he did a remarkable job to keep the Foxes up but we’d be lying if we said he’d done it in style.
He is alleged to have told one of his own fans to “f**k off and die” after all!
Raheem Sterling – Liverpool
In comments than seem to echo Ashley Cole “shaking in anger” at what he deemed a derisory pay rise from Arsenal Sterling has claimed he is being “bullied” into signing an improved £100,000 per week deal at Anfield.
For a 20-year-old who has won nothing to date to hold a club the size of Liverpool to ransom is laughable and has seen a handful of influential former players turn on the youngster.
Kevin Mirallas – Everton
If you snatch a penalty away from the regular spot-kick man – in this case the prolific Leighton Baines – you’d best make sure you score.
Not so for Kevin Mirallas who fluffed his effort from 12-yards to drop two points against West Brom and to make matters worse he didn’t even apologise to his team-mates!
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