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

Breakdown of winners[edit]

Winners by team[edit]

Team 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
St. Johnstone 1 1990–91
Scotland national team 1 1989–90
Dundee United 1 1986–87

Winners by country[edit]

Nationality Number of wins Winning seasons
Scotland Scotland 17 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 6 1994–95, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2012–13
Netherlands Netherlands 3 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00
England England 1 2004–05
Hungary Hungary 1 2008–09
Finland Finland 1 2010–11

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.