Tis de­serves his over­due recog­ni­tion

The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

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.

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