Tis deserves his overdue recognition
IT REALLY does seem incredible that Paul Tisdale has just won his first manager of the month award. You’d imagine that he would have won the award at least a few times in his 11-year reign at Exeter City and he had been nominated ten times previously.
Yet all good things come to those who wait – and Tisdale has finally been acknowledged for his work with the Grecians.
As he says himself, he’d rather be manager of the year than manager of the month, but not many would begrudge him this personal accolade.
After all, he is the longest serving manager in the EFL, having been appointed back in June 2006.
Only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger (21 years) is above him when you take into account Premier League managers, while Morecambe’s Jim Bentley (six years) is next in line after Tisdale in the EFL.
That shows how difficult it is to keep going year in, year out. The 44-year-old was under pressure a year ago when the Grecians suffered a poor start to the season and some people wondered if the Tisdale era was about to come to an end.
But he kept his cool and turned Exeter’s season around, taking them to Wembley in the League Two play-off final where they came up just short against Blackpool.
At a time when managers are often dispensed with at the drop of a hat, give credit to the Grecians’ board for sticking with him and giving him the opportunity to put things right.
Yet you could also argue that Tisdale deserved that backing for his efforts over the years in playing good football, getting results and bringing players through.
If Exeter maintain their current form, then the well-dressed boss may end up gathering a few more awards before the season’s out.