Philips Sports Manager of the Year

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Philips Sports Manager of the Year

The Philips Sports Manager of the Year is an award for the person considered the most outstanding Irish sports manager or coach of a particular year.

The award is contested by the twelve winners of the year's Philips Sports Manager of the Month Awards, which are open to Irish sports managers, trainers or coaches, or overseas-born managers of Irish teams.

Because the annual ceremony is traditionally held in early December each year, the December winner from the previous year is eligible to compete.

Unusually, the award was instigated not by a sporting body or journalists' association, but by the event sponsors themselves, Philips in 1982.

Uniquely, there were two winners in 1990 as the achievement of Cork doing the first All-Ireland hurling and football double in exactly 100 years saw respective managers Fr Michael O'Brien and Billy Morgan honoured.

Jack Charlton is the most honoured manager since the award's inception, having won it four times during his tenure as Ireland football manager. Declan Kidney is the only person to have won the award for achievements with two different teams at different levels, while Brian Kerr was honoured for success with three different Irish national soccer teams. Joining Charlton, Kidney and Kerr as a multi-award winner is Kilkenny hurling supremo Brian Cody.

Philips Sports Manager of the Year winners[edit]

Year Winner Team and sport[1]
1982 Pat Henderson Kilkenny hurling
1983 Brendan Edwards Irish men's amateur golf
1984 Mick O'Dwyer Kerry football[2]
1985 Mick Doyle Ireland rugby
1986 Jim McLaughlin Shamrock Rovers
1987 Jack Charlton Ireland soccer
1988 Jack Charlton Ireland soccer
1989 Jack Charlton Ireland soccer
1990 Billy Morgan and Fr Michael O'Brien Cork football and hurling
1991 Pete McGrath Down football
1992 Brian McEniff Donegal football
1993 Jack Charlton Ireland soccer
1994 Eddie Jordan Jordan GP
1995 Ger Loughnane Clare hurling
1996 Liam Griffin Wexford hurling
1997 Brian Kerr Ireland under-20 soccer
1998 Brian Kerr Ireland under-16 & 18 soccer
1999 Sean Boylan Meath football
2000 John Oxx Racing, Sinndar's trainer
2001 Mick McCarthy Ireland soccer
2002 Joe Kernan Armagh football
2003 Brian Cody Kilkenny hurling[3]
2004 Eddie O'Sullivan Ireland rugby
2005 Mickey Harte Tyrone football[4]
2006 Declan Kidney Munster Rugby
2007 Paul Doolin Drogheda United
2008 Declan Kidney Munster Rugby[5]
2009 Declan Kidney Ireland rugby[6]
2010 Liam Sheedy Tipperary hurling[7]
2011 Giovanni Trapattoni Ireland soccer[8]
2012 Billy Walsh and Pete Taylor Ireland boxing[9][10]
2013 Jim Gavin Dublin football[11]
2014 Joe Schmidt Ireland rugby[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of previous winners". The Irish Times. 
  2. ^ "O'Dwyer Named Manager of the Month". The Belfast Telegraph/INN. 
  3. ^ "Kilkenny boss named Manager of the Year". Irish Examiner. 
  4. ^ "Harte takes the top award". The Irish Times. 12 December 2005. 
  5. ^ "Kidney Crowned Philips Sports Manager of the Year". irishrugby.ie. 
  6. ^ "Kidney Chosen For Manager of the Year Honour". irishrugby.ie. 
  7. ^ "Sheedy named manager of the year". The Irish Times. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Trapattoni wins manager of the year award". RTÉ Sport. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll says that the RWC 2015 comes 18 months...". RTÉ Sport. 
  10. ^ "Billy Walsh and Peter Taylor share Philips Manager of the Year award for 2012". RTÉ Sport. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "'Humbled' Gavin caps a year to remember". Irish Independent. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Joe Schmidt wins Philips Manager of the Year award". The Score. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.