Bilic and Payet join shortlists

bilicbirkikaraSlaven Bilic and  Dimitri Payet have been short listed for two Barclays Premier League awards.

Bilic is one of four bosses named as a Manager of the Month contender whilst Payet is in the frame to be named as Player of the Month.

www.whufc.com reports that should Bilic win he would join Harry Redknapp, Alan Pardew – who he faces at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon – and newly-appointed Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce in winning the trophy.

payetawayLouis van Gaal, Everton’s Roberto Martinez and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino are also named in the manager contender whilst Leicester City’s England striker Jamie Vardy, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Watford forward Odion Ighalo and Manchester United pair Anthony Martial and Daley Blind do battle with Payet.

Payet would follow in the footsteps of Stuart Pearce, Anton Ferdinand and Scott Parker, who have previously won the award.

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