SFWA Manager of the Year

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The Scottish Football Writers' Association Manager of the Year (often called the SFWA Manager of the Year, or simply the Scottish Manager of the Year) award is given to the manager in Scottish football who is seen to have been the best manager of the previous season. The award is voted for by the members of the Scottish Football Writers' Association.

The award was first given in 1987, and was won by Dundee United boss Jim McLean. The award has been won by a manager in the top division of the Scottish football league system in all but one year, 1990, when the award went to Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh. There is a similar award made by PFA Scotland, the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year, which was first given in 2007.


List of winners[edit]

Year Manager Club Notes
1986–87 Jim McLean Dundee United
1987–88 Billy McNeill Celtic
1988–89 Graeme Souness Rangers
1989–90 Andy Roxburgh Scotland
1990–91 Alex Totten St Johnstone
1991–92 Walter Smith Rangers
1992–93 Walter Smith Rangers
1993–94 Walter Smith Rangers
1994–95 Jimmy Nicholl Raith Rovers
1995–96 Walter Smith Rangers
1996–97 Walter Smith Rangers
1997–98 Wim Jansen Celtic
1998–99 Dick Advocaat Rangers
1999–00 Dick Advocaat Rangers
2000–01 Martin O'Neill Celtic
2001–02 Martin O'Neill Celtic
2002–03 Alex McLeish Rangers
2003–04 Martin O'Neill Celtic
2004–05 Tony Mowbray[1] Hibernian
2005–06 Gordon Strachan[2] Celtic
2006–07 Gordon Strachan Celtic[3] Also won the PFA Scotland award[3]
2007–08 Walter Smith Rangers
2008–09 Csaba László[4] Heart of Midlothian
2009–10 Walter Smith[5] Rangers Also won the PFA Scotland award[5]
2010–11 Mixu Paatelainen[6] Kilmarnock
2011–12 Neil Lennon[7] Celtic
2012–13 Neil Lennon[8] Celtic
2013–14 Derek McInnes[9] Aberdeen Also won the PFA Scotland award[9]
2014–15 John Hughes[10] Inverness Caledonian Thistle Also won the PFA Scotland award[10]
2015–16 Jim McIntyre[11] Ross County

Winners by club[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning seasons
Rangers 11 1988–89, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2009–10
Celtic 9 1987–88, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2012–13
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1 2014–15
Aberdeen 1 2013–14
Kilmarnock 1 2010–11
Heart of Midlothian 1 2008–09
Hibernian 1 2004–05
Raith Rovers 1 1994–95
Ross County 1 2015–16
St Johnstone 1 1990–91
Scotland national team 1 1989–90
Dundee United 1 1986–87

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hartson wins writers' top prize". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Strachan is writers' boss of year". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 April 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Nakamura gets top writers' prize". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Forsyth, Roddy (13 May 2009). "Csaba Laszlo gets second Scotland manager of the year award". Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Davis crowned player of the year". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "More awards for Izaguirre, Goodwillie and Paatelainen". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Fisher, Stewart (6 May 2012). "Title just the start for Lennon". Sunday Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Smith, Andrew (12 May 2013). "Lennon says winning manager of year 'a privilege'". Scotland on Sunday. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Forsyth, Roddy (4 May 2014). "Derek McInnes hits the heights with Aberdeen after suffering pain of failure at Bristol City". Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Gordon, Moira (23 May 2015). "John Hughes still inspired by tragic Craig Gowans". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  11. ^ McArthur, Euan (13 May 2016). "Paatelainen's fate not lost on McIntyre as Ross County manager counts his blessings". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 16 May 2016.