The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

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


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