League Two MOTY Awards: Where The Votes Went

Mike Holden by Mike Holden / 10 May 2016, 14:43

The results are in for the Sackrace Manager of the Year Awards for League 2! Editor Mike Holden reveals where his votes went followed by a complete breakdown of all League Two votes and details of the specially selected panel for this Eurovision style competition.

Mike Holden's League 2 Picks

12 points: John Coleman

Accrington might have missed out on automatic promotion on the final day but a 63 per cent shot ratio over 46 matches is a truly remarkable statistic for the lowest budget team in the Football League. Had it not been for the dodgy drainage of their own pitch, the Reds would have probably booked their place in League One with a few games to spare.

10 points: Chris Wilder

Relentless, that's the only way to describe Northampton this season. When the club's future was uncertain in the Autumn, Wilder turned it to his advantage, creating a siege mentality among the players that ultimately turned them into champions. Finishing the season 24 matches unbeaten, starting with a club-record 10 straight wins, was an incredible achievement.

8 points: Darrell Clarke

It's easy to forget this was Bristol Rovers' first season back in Football League, given how formidable they were from March onwards. Eleven wins in the final 14 matches was a phenomenal show of stamina from a team who had their summer preparations cut short by the National League play-offs. It's all credit to Clarke and his masculine intolerance of excuses.

7 points: Michael Appleton

Promotion was touch and go towards the end of the campaign as their cup exploits in December and January caught up with them, but there's no doubt Oxford proved themselves to be one of the top three teams in the division. When the going got tough, Appleton's level-headedness kept his players on the straight and narrow, ensuring the next purple patch was never too far away.

6 points: Darren Way

Yeovil were a lost cause when Way took the reins in December. Bottom of the table with 11 points after 20 matches, the next 16 games produced seven wins, six draws and seven clean sheets, bringing the Glovers to a total that would ultimately guarantee their survival with ten games to spare. If he keeps those standards up, they could be looking at a play-off tilt next term.

5 points: Keith Curle

Curle isn't short of detractors but most Carlisle fans would have taken a top-half finish at the start of the season, ending the losing culture that had enveloped the club in recent years. What with the floods and countless miles on the road in a southern-heavy division, the Cumbrians should take pride in achieving their first positive goal difference for eight years.

4 points: Neal Ardley

If this had been Ardley's first full season, he would have been a contender for the top three. But impressive though Wimbledon have been over 46 matches, it's at least a year overdue. His long association with Wimbledon has bought him the time to get it right and such patience deserves to be rewarded. Who knows, this might be the start of a purple period.

3 points: Paul Cook

Managing a club the size of Portsmouth isn't easy and though Cook will be disappointed at failing to take the division by the scruff of the neck, others might have wilted under the pressure caused by frequent setbacks. Pompey still have a crack at promotion via the play-offs. As the most dominant shot team in the division, it's the least they deserve.

2 points: Derek Adams

The first half of the season was undoubtedly more productive than the second but Adams demonstrated enough tactical flair in the opening six months to warrant recognition here. His horses-for-courses approach reaped huge dividends until January but as the campaign evolved, he was occasionally found wanting once opponents put the onus on Argyle to make the running.

1 point: Craig Hignett

The season ended on a slightly sour note for Hartlepool with a 5-0 hiding at Plymouth the latest of four straight defeats but that shouldn't detract from the blistering sequence of seven wins in 11 matches that hauled them out of trouble over a gruelling 43-day period in March and April.

Where the Votes Went

John Coleman (247)

12 - Barnet, Cambridge, Exeter, Leyton Orient, Mansfield, Morecambe, Northampton, Notts County, Oxford, Plymouth, Wimbledon, Wycombe
10 - Bristol Rovers, Carlisle, Crawley, Dagenham, Luton, Newport, Portsmouth, Yeovil, York
7 - Hartlepool
6 - Stevenage

Chris Wilder (245)

12 - Accrington, Bristol Rovers, Carlisle, Crawley, Dagenham, Luton, Newport, Portsmouth, Stevenage, Yeovil, York
10 - Exeter, Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, Morecambe, Notts County, Oxford, Plymouth, Wimbledon, Wycombe
8 - Barnet, Cambridge
7 - Mansfield

Darrell Clarke (184)

12 - Hartlepool
10 - Accrington, Barnet, Cambridge, Mansfield, Northampton, Stevenage
8 - Carlisle, Dagenham, Exeter, Luton, Morecambe, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth
7 - Crawley, Leyton Orient, Newport, Wimbledon, York
6 - Yeovil
5 - Notts County
2 - Wycombe

Neal Ardley (150)

8 - Accrington, Mansfield, Newport, York
7 - Cambridge, Dagenham, Morecambe, Northampton, Oxford, Stevenage, Yeovil
6 - Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Carlisle, Exeter, Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, Luton, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Wycombe
5 - Crawley
4 - Notts County

Michael Appleton (142)

8 - Crawley, Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, Northampton, Stevenage, Yeovil
7 - Accrington, Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Carlisle, Luton, Notts County, Plymouth, Wycombe
6 - Dagenham
5 - Newport
4 - Cambridge, Exeter, Mansfield, Morecambe, York
2 - Portsmouth

Derek Adams (86)

8 - Bristol Rovers
6 - Morecambe, Notts County
5 - Carlisle, Leyton Orient, Northampton, Portsmouth, Stevenage, York
4 - Accrington, Barnet, Dagenham, Oxford, Yeovil
3 - Exeter, Hartlepool, Luton, Mansfield
2 - Crawley, Newport

Darren Way (63)

7 - Exeter
6 - Cambridge, Crawley, Mansfield, Newport, York
5 - Accrington
4 - Northampton, Wimbledon
3 - Carlisle, Dagenham, Portsmouth
2 - Luton, Notts County

Paul Cook (54)

8 - Wycombe
5 - Bristol Rovers, Dagenham, Oxford, Plymouth
4 - Carlisle, Leyton Orient
3 - Barnet, Newport, Stevenage, Yeovil
2 - Exeter, Wimbledon
1 - Crawley, Hartlepool

Paul Tisdale (44)

8 - Wimbledon
5 - Luton, Wycombe, Yeovil
3 - Cambridge, Morecambe, Northampton, Oxford
2 - Leyton Orient, Plymouth, Stevenage, York
1 - Portsmouth

Gareth Ainsworth (31)

8 - Notts County
4 - Bristol Rovers, Luton, Portsmouth, Stevenage
3 - Wimbledon
2 - Carlisle
1 - Cambridge, Yeovil

Martin Allen (31)

7 - Portsmouth
5 - Cambridge
4 - Plymouth
3 - Bristol Rovers, Wycombe
2 - Mansfield, Morecambe
1 - Dagenham, Leyton Orient, Northampton, Stevenage, York

Keith Curle (29)

6 - Wimbledon
5 - Barnet, Mansfield, Morecambe
2 - Cambridge, Oxford
1 - Accrington, Exeter, Newport, Wycombe

Adam Murray (25)

5 - Hartlepool
4 - Newport, Wycombe
3 - Plymouth, York
2 - Accrington, Northampton
1 - Notts County, Oxford

Craig Hignett (22)

6 - Accrington, Northampton
5 - Exeter
2 - Barnet, Dagenham
1 - Carlisle

Shaun Derry (20)

3 - Accrington, Crawley, Leyton Orient, Notts County
2 - Bristol Rovers, Yeovil
1 - Luton, Mansfield, Morecambe, Plymouth

John Sheridan (11)

6 - Oxford
4 - Crawley
1 - Barnet

Nathan Jones (4)

2 - Hartlepool
1 - Bristol Rovers, Wimbledon

Andy Hessenthaler (4)

4 - Hartlepool

THE PANEL

Accrington: Gabriel Sutton (@_FootbalLab)
Barnet: Tom Bodell (@TBBodell)
Bristol Rovers: Rik Barker (@rikbarker)
Cambridge: Dylan Tibbs (@dtotheytothel)
Carlisle: Jon Colman (@joncolman)
Crawley: Redz Bar Chat (@redzbarchat)
Dagenham: Ned Keating (@nedkeating)
Exeter: Damien Mills (@goal_media)
Hartlepool: Ben Povey
Leyton Orient: Lee Swallow (@LSwallow74)
Luton: Oliver Walker (@traderoli)
Mansfield: Sam Binch (@SamBinch)
Morecambe: Jack Steer (@morecambejack)
Newport: Andrew Penman (@AndrewPenman1)
Northampton: Tom Rostance (@TJRostance)
Notts County: Leigh Curtis (@LeighCurtis_NP)
Oxford: Backonthecoupon (@backonthecoupon)
Plymouth: James Dart (@James_Dart)
Portsmouth: Bradley Johnson (@B_J89)
Stevenage: Greg Kett (@GregKettLopo)
Wimbledon: Matt Rickard (@mat_rickard)
Wycombe: Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor)
Yeovil: Seb White (@sebytfc)
York: Michael Triffitt (@michaeltriffitt)

The Sackrace Manager of the Year Awards have been compiled by Mike Holden (@Ratings_Mike) enlisting fans from all 92 English clubs using a Eurovision style points system.

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