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.

There have been joint-winners twice. First in 1990 as the achievement of Cork GAA winning the first All-Ireland hurling and football double in exactly 100 years saw respective managers Fr Michael O'Brien and Billy Morgan honoured. It happened again in 2015 when Irish soccer manager Martin O'Neill and Northern Irish soccer manager Michael O'Neill shared the award for qualifying their respective sides for the 2016 European Football Championships.

Jack Charlton is the most honoured manager since the award's inception, having won it four times during his tenure as Ireland soccer 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.


Year Winner Team Sport[1]
1982 Pat Henderson Kilkenny hurling Hurling
1983 Brendan Edwards Irish men's amateur golf Golf
1984 Mick O'Dwyer Kerry Gaelic football[2] Gaelic football
1985 Mick Doyle Ireland rugby Rugby Union
1986 Jim McLaughlin Shamrock Rovers Association football
1987 Jack Charlton Republic of Ireland Association football
1988 Jack Charlton Republic of Ireland Association football
1989 Jack Charlton Republic of Ireland Association football
1990 Billy Morgan and Fr. Michael O'Brien Cork Gaelic football and hurling Gaelic football and hurling
1991 Pete McGrath Down Gaelic football Gaelic football
1992 Brian McEniff Donegal Gaelic football Gaelic football
1993 Jack Charlton Republic of Ireland Association football
1994 Eddie Jordan Jordan GP Formula One
1995 Ger Loughnane Clare hurling Hurling
1996 Liam Griffin Wexford hurling Hurling
1997 Brian Kerr Republic of Ireland U20 Association football
1998 Brian Kerr Republic of Ireland U16 & U18 Association football
1999 Sean Boylan Meath Gaelic football Gaelic football
2000 John Oxx Sinndar's trainer Horse racing
2001 Mick McCarthy Republic of Ireland Association football
2002 Joe Kernan Armagh Gaelic football Gaelic football
2003 Brian Cody Kilkenny hurling[3] Hurling
2004 Eddie O'Sullivan Ireland rugby Rugby Union
2005 Mickey Harte Tyrone Gaelic football[4] Gaelic football
2006 Declan Kidney Munster Rugby Rugby Union
2007 Paul Doolin Drogheda United Association football
2008 Declan Kidney Munster Rugby[5] Rugby Union
2009 Declan Kidney Ireland rugby[6] Rugby Union
2010 Liam Sheedy Tipperary hurling[7] Hurling
2011 Giovanni Trapattoni Republic of Ireland[8] Association football
2012 Billy Walsh and Pete Taylor Ireland boxing[9][10] Boxing
2013 Jim Gavin Dublin Gaelic football[11] Gaelic football
2014 Joe Schmidt Ireland rugby[12] Rugby Union
2015 Martin O'Neill and Michael O'Neill Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland[13] Association football
2016 Stephen Kenny Dundalk[14] Association football

Multiple winners[edit]

Rank Manager Wins
1st Jack Charlton 4
2nd Declan Kidney 3
3rd Brian Kerr 2

Winners by sport[edit]

Sport Wins
Association football 12
Gaelic football 8
Hurling 6
Rugby Union 6
Boxing 1
Formula One 1
Golf 1


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  2. ^ "O'Dwyer Named Manager of the Month". The Belfast Telegraph/INN. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Kilkenny boss named Manager of the Year". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 7 March 2006. 
  4. ^ "Harte takes the top award". The Irish Times. 12 December 2005. 
  5. ^ "Kidney Crowned Philips Sports Manager of the Year". Archived from the original on 30 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kidney Chosen For Manager of the Year Honour". Archived from the original on 17 December 2009. 
  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. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "The two O'Neills are sharing the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award". Newstalk. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  14. ^ Kelly, Niall. "Stephen Kenny wins Philips Sports Manager of the Year award". The 42. Retrieved 7 December 2016.