May 5th, 2012
On Monday, we went through the first half of the Football Manager Awards breaking them down so you can see exactly who you voted for. Today, we'll cover the rest including Young Manager of the Season, Most Successful Transfer, War of the Words, Great Motivator and Fashion Icon.
Young Manager of the Year (in association with Sports Illustrated)
This was undoubtedly the season of the up-and-coming manager, with relative newcomers setting leagues alight across the globe. In the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert both defied the odds by guiding their newly promoted (and relegation favourite), teams to top-tier safety. In Spain, Diego Simeone led his Atletico Madrid side to the Europa League title and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank de Boer won their respective league titles in Norway and Holland.
The award was closely fought, but it was Brendan Rodgers and his aesthetically pleasing Swansea side who came out on top.
Most Successful Transfer (in association with Mirror Football)
Alongside getting the tactics right, bringing in the right players is one of the most important aspects of being a football manager. This year, however, one man and one transfer stood out above the rest. When Alan Pardew brought in Papiss Cisse from Freiburg in the january transfer window, he couldn't have predicted that the striker would score 13 goals in his first 14 games helping Newcastle secure European competition for next season. It's no surprise that he's won this award. Honourable mentions go to Antonio Conte of Juventus for bringing in Andrea Pirlo on a free transfer, David Moyes for bringing Nikica Jelavic to Everton and Massimiliano Allegri for replacing Pirlo with Antonio Nocerino for a bargain €500k. Coming up in last place was Gian Piero Gasperini for collecting €25m for thirtysomething Samuel Eto'o.
War of the Words (in association with Maxim)
War of the Words was the most closely fought battle of all the awards this year, with four of the five nominated managers ending up spread by only two percent. Just like the Premier League title race, it was Roberto Mancini who sneaked victory just at the end for his endless run-in's with his attacking players. Jose Mourinho's spat with Sergio Ramos followed just behind with Kenny Dalgish and his PR department and Paulo di Canio getting physical with Leon Clarke also coming close.
The only nominee not in contention was Neil Warnock's Twitter bust-up with the philosopher Joey Barton.
Great Motivator (in association with Teamtalk.com)
The Great Motivator award looks for the manager whose rousing half time team talks inspire a team like Henry V inspired his army. In the end, one man ran away with it, as he did the Spanish league title - Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho. Unlikely multiple nominee and Swindon gaffer Paolo di Canio came some way behind in second, followed closely by Europa League winner with Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone.
One man who may feel a bit unlucky to end up in last place though is Rangers head honcho Ally McCoist who kept his team fighting on the pitch, despite all the goings on off the field being a great cause for concern for everyone at the club.
Fashion Icon (in association with Ask Men)
Last, but my no means least, is the award for the most dapper of managers. The men who make the dugout look like a catwalk and who might challenge David Beckham for a spot in the latest Armani ads. Way out in the lead though, and given his record over recent years, surprisingly winning his only award of the season, is Barcelona's Josep Guardiola - as majestic on the sidelines as his team are on the pitch.
Roberto Mancini and his blue and white scarf come in second place, followed by the only man to wear a cravat on the touchline, League One club Exeter's Paul Tisdale. Juventus' unbeaten Antonio Conte and Quique Flores of Al-Ahli make up the rest of the nominees.
You can see part 1 of this article by clicking here