All awards based on votes cast on the newsfeed and via private messages with the Top 100 manager selection panel.
Mike T’s Marseille led the way in D5 for much of the season, but they couldn’t hold out and let last season’s 99th placed club Twente steal their ice cream.
Ignazio Barraco did a sterling job with his exciting Udinese project in finishing third, and dark horse David Inglis brough Rubin Kazan up via a late surge and the playoffs.
But the clear winner for D5 Manager of the Season is Paul Thompson for his Twente transformation.
Really only two teams in it, but first a mention for two South American clubs and their managers, who had great seasons and were both on the cusp of fantastic seasons. That is, until disaster struck for both River Plate and Sao Paulo, or rather Dnipro strung together five wins on the bounce to take third place.
To add insult to injury, Spartak stole the playoff place to go up alongside Koln and Stoke City.
Champions Koln finished 99th in the league four seasons ago, so it’s been a remarkable rise for them and manager Neil Frankland. But’s a tough league and D4 runners-up Stoke also made the semi-finals of the Youth Shield, and the finals of the World Club Shield and Top 100 Cup.
So the D4 Manager of the Season Award goes to ruts66 …
Only really one manager who got the votes in D3. Not Dan Wallace, who did a remarkable job taking Montpellier into D2 with their second consecutive playoff victory. Not Bojan H, who took Basel back to D2 for the first time since Season 3. And not manager of champions Hertha, Rahul, in what could be his final season in Top 100.
For taking relegation candidates Shakhtar Donetsk back to D2 for the first time in seven seasons, D3 Manager of the Season is… Broon!
Special mention for Sassuolo gaffer Bob «Groucho» Sal who won the Youth Cup against all the odds. And for Schalke supremo Doc, who won promotion back to D1 via the playoffs in his first season in charge, as did Mister TRX with D2 runner-up PSG. And to Hellas Verona boss Andre Libras-Boas, for his third promotion in four seasons.
But for leading Borussia Dortmund to a runaway championship, D2 Manager of the Season is James Foster.
Great, if ultimately futile, effort from Jay Jones to keep Internazionale in D1. Brilliant, if predictably unsuccessful, attempt by Sir Stephen Beddows to win D1. Real Madrid are now the only team in Top 100 history to have finished above Bayern Munich twice and not won the title.
Honourable mentions to Paddy D, last season’s D2 champions, for pushing hard for the top four for most of the season, to Andy Kelly at Liverpool for a superb third place, and to Doug Earle for turning around Atletico’s season and winning the Top 100 Shield.
For finishing as many points above 4th placed Juventus as the Old Lady finished above last placed Manchester United, D1 Manager of the Season is Scott McKenzie of Barcelona!
Top 100 Manager of the Season
Ruts, Broon and Foster all had terrific seasons in their respective divisions (and also in some of the cups in ruts’ case), and Thommo turned around Twente in spectacular fashion.
But the Top 100 Manager of the Season for Season 10 is Scott McKenzie for obliterating D1, and notching a record sixth title. Can he become the first manager to win three consecutive D1 titles in Season 11…?