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Are the “Manager of the Year” awards a managerial kiss of death?

January 21st, 2013 | 19 Comments |

Alan Pardew - Premiership Manager of the Season.
A curse or a blessing?
Well not if your surname is “Ferguson,” “Wenger” or “Mourinho” perhaps, but for most, if not quite all of the others who won the award, it has seemingly been a ticket to disaster, despair, and possibly permanent career oblivion, or at least a prelude to a big dent in the manager’s CV.

In this story, I will take a look at many of the previous winners for whom the award seemed to be more of a curse than a blessing. So, lets take a look at the prevous victims of the curse, and also ask if Newcastle United’s very own Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, might be another one.

Kenny Dalglish (Premier League Manager of the Season 1994–95).

Kenny Dalglish. When Kenny Dalglish won the Premier League “Manager of the Season” award for 1994-5, he was the golden boy of the football management world, just as he had been as a player in the years before that. With a little help from his most illustrious predecessor Bob Paisley, he had won three league titles, two FA Cup titles and four Charity Shields as manager of Liverpool. Moving on to Blackburn Rovers, he then took them to promotion, and even the 1994-5 Premiership title in their third Premiership campaign and it was for this that he received his award. (more…)

Hughton accepts LMA. Manager of the Year award praising support staff.

May 11th, 2010 | 9 Comments |

Another award for the Cockney Colossus.
Another award for the Cockney Colossus.
Newcastle United manager, Chris Hughton, accepted his award as the Championship’s ‘Manager of the Year’ in what has proved to be a year for the good guys in football, with the venerable Roy Hodgson claiming the biggest prize for Premiership Manager of the Year.

As is usual with Chris, he wasted no time in spreading the praise around, and claiming it as an award for the whole management team. On receiving the award, he reflected:

“I am honoured to be recognised by the LMA and I accept the award on behalf of everyone at the football club,” he told, “But with this being a managerial prize I think special mention should go to the staff.

“Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron have offered me tremendous support throughout the year. We are a managerial team and this award is for them as much as it is for me. (more…)