The Sack Race Manager of the Year Awards

by Jack Kitson / 09 May 2018, 13:33

If you are after an assortment of Manager Awards then you’ve come to the right place!

The Sack Race contributors have each meticulously selected their Manager of the Season¬†for each of English football’s top-4 divisions - Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two - before then revealing the gaffer who has impressed them the most during the 2017/18 campaign.

Enjoy!

Gabriel Sutton

  • Premier League - Pep Guardiola
  • Championship - Nuno Santo
  • League One - Paul Hurst
  • League Two - John Coleman

Manager of the Year - John Coleman

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has demanded only the highest possible standard of technical quality from his players; naming an unchanged side almost every week since the turn of the year has helped create a side with great confidence and pride in it's playing identity. While many people at the club take credit for this inspirational title win, it would not have been possible without Coleman's impeccable hunger to push the boundaries of expectation.

Twitter: @_FootbalLab

Chloe Beresford

  • Premier League - Sean Dyche
  • Championship - Neil Warnock
  • League One - Paul Cook
  • League Two - John Coleman

Manager of the Year - Paul Cook

My overall choice for manager of the season is Paul Cook. It's not easy to compete on two fronts but the 51-year-old has taken Wigan back to the Championship at the first time of asking since his arrival in the summer, while also toppling the runaway Premier League winners Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round. He has shown real intelligence and aptitude in his managerial career, and this season is just the latest installment as he has risen up the ranks in the English football leagues.

Twitter: @ChloeJBeresford

Jack Kitson

  • Premier League - Pep Guardiola
  • Championship - Neil Warnock
  • League One - Paul Hurst
  • League Two - John Coleman

Manager of the Year - John Coleman

Pep Guardiola has propelled the bar to new dizzying heights up in the Premier League, and the Spaniard thoroughly deserves all the plaudits that have been showered his way. However, my pick is the exceptional John Coleman. On the division’s joint-lowest budget Coleman led Accrington Stanley to the League Two title, and promotion to the third-tier for the first time in the club’s history. En-route the Lancashire minnows accumulated a whopping 29 wins, four more than any other team.

What a man. What an achievement.

Twitter: @jack_kitson

Andy Dillon

  • Premier League - Sean Dyche
  • Championship - Slavisa Jokanovic
  • League One - Paul Cook
  • League Two - Danny Cowley

Manager of the year - Sean Dyche

For consistently defying people who predicted Burnley would fall away. For his sense of humour, down to earth approach, dislike of Twitter and proof that a club which is English from top to bottom can still do well.

Twitter: @andydillon70

Mike Holden

  • Premier League - Pep Guardiola
  • Championship - Neil Warnock
  • League One - Paul Cook
  • League Two - John Coleman

Manager of the Year - Paul Cook

Paul Cook might be a surprise choice, but he's mine for two reasons: 1) He only arrived last summer and had to sort out a bloated squad following relegation - the other three managers all reaped the benefits of foundational work they had done before this season; and 2) because he combined all of that with a magnificent FA Cup run, taking three Premier League scalps - including Manchester City.

Twitter: @Ratings_Mike

Simon Lillicrap

  • Premier League - Sean Dyche
  • Championship - Neil Warnock
  • League One - Paul Hurst
  • League Two - John Coleman

Manager of the year - John Coleman

What an incredible job Coleman has done at Stanley this season, leading the League Two minnows to a remarkable title win. His man management of players, often going over a month without even making a substitution and tactical approach has meant Accrington have overachieved massively this season given their squad. I look forward to seeing him in action against sides such as Sunderland in League One next season.

Twitter: @simonlillicrap

Matthew Crist

  • Premier League - Sean Dyche
  • Championship - Nuno Santo
  • League One - Tony Mowbray
  • League Two - John Coleman

Manager of the Year - John Coleman

Accrington Stanley is one of the most iconic names in English football but the fact that this small club from the North West, which is surrounded by much bigger names in the game with even larger budgets, still exists is an achievement in itself. So to gain promotion to the third-tier for the first time in their history isn’t just a magnificent achievement for the supporters, without whom there probably wouldn’t be a football club; it also makes John Coleman my manager of the year for 2017/18.

Twitter: @Matthewjcrist

Russell Palmer

  • Premier League - Sean Dyche
  • Championship - Neil Harris
  • League One - Paul Hurst
  • League Two¬†- Danny Cowley

Manager of the Year - Danny Cowley

Four managers who have really gone beyond the resources at their disposal and had terrific seasons. Sean Dyche has done wonders at Burnley getting them into Europe using a tightly knit group of players who are looking more and more comfortable in the Premier League. Millwall and Shrewsbury were amongst the favourites for relegation yet Harris and Hurst turned those teams into serious promotion candidates whilst Danny Cowley's stock continues to rise at Lincoln as they bid for successive promotions.

Twitter: @rustyboy75

Michael Bates

  • Premier League - Jurgen Klopp
  • Championship - Nuno Santo
  • League One - Tony Mowbray
  • League Two - Mark Robins

Manager of the year - Arsene Wenger

For putting up with years of whining "oh we've only finished 4th" and "tsk, any year in the Champions League" - I'm surprised he never quit sooner.

Twitter: @MichaelBates72

Results

Congratulations to Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman who was picked by four of the nine writers, meaning he is our Manager of the Season! Paul Cook received two votes, while Sean Dyche, Danny Cowley and Arsene Wenger had one each.

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