The Manager of the Year awards have been announced.

The LMA (League Managers Association) giving the accolades out for each division.

No surprise to see Antonio Conte win both Premier League manager of the year and the overall award from the League Managers Association after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title.

After a fairly average start of three wins a draw and two defeats in his first six matches, the next 32 produced an incredible 27 wins.

The Manager of the Year award (renamed the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for its 25th edition), was presented to Conte at an awards night on Monday.

Paul Cook collected the League Two manager of the year prize after leading Portsmouth to their title win.

Sheffield United Manager Chris Wilder picked up the  the League One manager of the year award for helping the Blades to their title win.

 

Whilst Championship winner Rafa Benitez…watched Chris Hughton pick up the Championship manager of the year award for finishing runners-up to Newcastle.

Even the Manager who guided his team to a title win in the fifth tier picked up an award, with Lincoln manager Danny Cowley getting a special achievement award for taking his side to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

I suppose if it wasn’t going to be Rafa, then Chris Hughton isn’t a bad choice to be rewarded.

What do you think though?

Should Rafa Benitez have been automatically rewarded with Manager of the Year for the second tier after finishing top, or do Chris Hughton’s achievements outweigh that?



  • Phil K

    Why are you surprised ? Its the baffling attitude to Newcastle from media and FA – and it seems to be getting worse.

    • KT Thornton

      Nowt to do with Newcastle. If Rafa Benitez had been called Ralph Benn he might have won it.

  • Leazes Ender

    The Judges obviously don’t read the Tyneside press….. don’t they know the guy has been Deified by Lee Ryder and the Happy Clappies.

    • Jack Trainor

      Go support Sunderland, nobody wants you here as your the epitome of pessimism.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i like his sense of humour, it would be a dull world indeed if we didn`t have the likes of Leazes

  • Paul Patterson

    Unless we won the league by 20 points, he was never likely to win it. Still, I’d take the way things panned out over finishing second (or worse) and the manager getting some award, any day of the week.

  • Toon fan

    Does it matter?

  • Wor Lass

    I don`t suppose Rafa actually gives a toss – and Chris Hughton is probably still seething that Brighton blew the title.

  • Alex

    Conte is a ridiculous choice in the Premiership – should’ve easily been Moyes.

  • Andrew Cowley

    Seems fair Houghton did a great job,irrelevant really though both had great years.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Chris’s team almost won the league with an inferior squad to Newcastle’s. For that alone, he deserves the award.

  • Wor Monga

    Just yet more total jealousy from the 2nd class managers of that 2nd class league…

    …they shouldn’t have given any precedence to the value of the squad, the size of the club or of Rafa’s much better historical record of success…this had to be
    between a manager building a team out of the bones of a totally shattered relegated outfit, and a handful of unknown quantities to go into the season…and
    another that went into the season after already having been together at the very top end of the division for the last 3 or 4 years…who also had the help of the leagues referees that awarded them a host of ‘soft’ penalties to give them a leg up…

    …while doing their very best to make decisions that would do the opposite for us… No, in my opinion…any manager that allows his team to throw away a 7 point lead in the space of 3 games doesn’t deserve to be the top manager…no matter how nice a person he is or devastated he might have been to lose the trophy… in the last minute of the final game!!!

  • IAmYTM

    Makes sense to me, winning the title can’t be the sole basis of the manager of the year or else it may as well be tacked onto the side of the team trophy. Arguably hughton had less resources, experience and expectations than the three relegated teams. Congratulations to him.

  • HarryHype59

    Rafa spent £50m last season Houghton spent next to nowt. The decision to give Houghton the award was the correct one.