Promotion winning Darren Ferguson bags EFL Manager of the Year award

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 10 April 2017, 10:32

It’s been a cracking couple of days for Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson, who led his troops to promotion up to League One on Saturday, then 24 hours later was crowned the EFL Manager of the Year.

Not a bad weekend for the son of one of the greatest managers of all time: Sir Alex Ferguson.

Doncaster’s 1-0 victory over local rivals Mansfield was met with jubilation as fans flocked on to the Keepmoat Stadium after the final whistled was sounded.

The game just so happened to be Ferguson’s 500th in the dugout, and then the following day he capped off a superb weekend by bagging the EFL Manager of the Year award, which in recent years has been won by Eddie Howe and Chris Wilder.

Ferguson was appointed Doncaster managed back in October 2015, but was unable to keep the club in the third-tier, suffering relegation down to League Two. But come next term the former Peterborough and Preston boss will be a League One manager once again after securing promotion at the first attempt.

This feat was achieved with five games to go, and now the next goal will be hoisting the title, for which they are the red-hot 1/50 favourites with a couple of bookmakers.

Doncaster are currently six points clear of Plymouth (2nd), and 10 points ahead of Portsmouth (3rd), meaning they need 10 points from their final five games to ensure that the title comes to Yorkshire.

Ferguson has previously finished as a League Two runner-up in Peterborough in 2007/08 so he’ll be double determined to top this achievement.

Doncaster’s Final Five Games

  • Colchester (a)
  • Blackpool (h)
  • Wycombe (a)
  • Exeter (h)
  • Hartlepool (a)
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