TOP SIX BOSSES DESERVE HUGE RESPECT
MY voting form popped through the door this week for the LMA’s Manager of the Year Awards. Filling out the voting paper is always an interesting exercise.
This year’s candidates are easy to find.
At the top end, Brendan Rogers and Tony Pulis are the two outstanding candidates. Seventh to first to in the Premier League is a huge leap to make. And Tony’s escape act at Selhurst Park has been quite sensational.
With Leicester and Wolves already promoted, both Nigel Pearson and Kenny Jackett deserve strong recognition; Kenny, in his first season at his club, has done especially well. That said, you cannot ignore the job that Sean Dyche has done at Burnley, while Russ Wilcox has worked a miracle at Scunthorpe in his first job.
Those are the six obvious and outstanding candidates throughout the divisions.
Not one of us will have had it easy, though. I can tell you that I have never worked so hard in my football management career only to be sat at the bottom of League One. Just as a simple example, I changed my car just six months ago and already I have clocked up 22,000 miles, watching games and scouting for players as I seek to continue to improve what we are capable of doing at Stevenage.
The men who do the work and succeed, as my top six have done, are hard-working and smart-working men. Huge respect to them. Their clubs are where they are for a reason.
That reason has a lot to do with