A club insider might have said, to nobody in particular, that John Carver was furious after being overlooked for the LMA Manager of The Year award after the momentous achievement of keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The award is voted for by all the managers across the divisions and the aim is to give it to the individual who ‘has made the greatest use of the resources available to him in the current season’.
Somehow, the rival managers have seen fit to give it to Eddie Howe for lifting minnows Bournemouth into the Premier League.
Best coach in the Premier League, John Carver was allegedly livid after his 3 wins in 19 Premier League matches almost saw him lift NUFC out of the Premier League.
It gets worse though, because the Newcastle Manager/Head Coach has also bizarrely been overlooked for the award of FA Cup Manager of The Year, this award decided by the LMA Board and going to ‘the manager whose team has delivered achievement beyond expectations in the current competition’.
Remarkably the LMA Board went for Phil Parkinson of Bradford, the League One club reaching the sixth round of the FA Cup, beating Sunderland as well as winning at Stamford Bridge 4-2, after going 2-0 down.
The judges apparently seeing this as a greater achievement than Newcastle losing 1-0 to Leicester in the third round, after John Carver promised to play his best team before making seven changes, including leaving all of Newcastle’s best players out.
The League Managers Association (LMA) Chairman, Howard Wilkinson, saying about Eddie Howe’s award(s):
“This evening we applaud Eddie Howe as he receives the LMA Manager of the Year Award. Bournemouth’s achievements this season are nothing short of fantastic. To take his club, which was experiencing such difficulties just a short while ago, to the Barclays Premier League required a monumental effort and everyone connected with the club during this period must be congratulated.”
LMA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan, said:
“Since he took charge of the first team at the age of 31, after injury cut short his playing career, Eddie has steadily built a reputation as one of the most promising young managers in English football and I very much look forward to watching his career progress.”
Neither Wilkinson or Bevan were willing to explain John Carver’s omission from the list of winners, meanwhile Alan Pardew was also said to be less than impressed with the choices…
Manager of The Year: Eddie Howe – Bournemouth
Premier League Manager of The Year: Jose Mourinho – Chelsea
Championship Manager of The Year: Eddie Howe – Bournemouth
League One Premier League Manager of The Year: Steve Cotterill – Bristol City
League Two Premier League Manager of The Year: Gareth Ainsworth- Wycombe Wanderers
FA Cup Manager of The Year: Phil Parkinson – Bradford City
*** Who picks the awards and on what basis
The LMA Manager of the Year Award sponsored by Barclays is voted for by all LMA members and goes to the manager who, in their opinion, has made the greatest use of the resources available to him in the current season.
The Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year is decided by the Barclays Panel of Judges.
The Sky Bet Football League Awards are voted by all the managers in their respective divisions who take into account which of their direct competitors has made the greatest use of the resources available to him in the current season.
The FA Cup Manager of the Year Award is judged by the LMA Board and goes to the manager whose team has delivered achievement beyond expectations in the current competition, either with a significant performance or progress in the competition.