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Pellegrini, Rodgers & Dyche chase MBNA Northwest Manager of the Year crown

Thu 2nd Oct 2014 | Football Industry Events

Manchester City’s double winning boss, Manuel Pellegrini, has been shortlisted for manager of the year in the MBNA Northwest Football Awards. 

But Chilean Pellegrini, 61 last this month, faces strong competition as he bids to succeed last year’s recipient, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and Sean Dyche of Burnley have also been nominated as top boss. The winner will be announced at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards annual dinner at The Point, Emirates, Old Trafford on November 18.

Blues’ chief Pellegrini looks to have impeccable credentials. A 3-1 win over Sunderland saw City collect the Capital One Cup for the first time since a 2-1 victory against Newcastle United in 1976.

City then went on to capture the Premier League title for a second time in three seasons following a gripping end of term race with eventual runners-up Liverpool.

Despite missing out on the ultimate prize Ulsterman Rodgers, 41, is credited with reviving Liverpool’s fortunes after their Mancunian rivals dominated the back page headlines with recent triumphs.

Liverpool’s goal tally of 101 was the club’s highest since 1895-96 season, 26 wins was their best Premier League tally ever while Rodgers brought Champions League football back to Anfield for the first time since 2009-10 when the Reds failed to qualify from the group stages.

Dyche, nicknamed ‘Ginger Mourinho’ by his adoring Turf Moor public, masterminded a remarkable promotion back to the Premier League for the Clarets.

The 43-year-old former Watford chief guided Burnley to their best start to a season in more than a century on a budget far lower than some of their previous Championship rivals. They eventually finished runners-up on 93 points to big spending, Leicester City.

With less than two months remaining before all the Award winners are announced, judges have finalised the shortlists for a variety of categories including: community club of the year, journalist of the year and female player of the year where City’s Steph Houghton will battle it out against Everton’s Nikita Parris and Fara Williams of Liverpool.

For a full shortlist see below. Fans who still haven’t voted in the Player of the Year categories can still register their votes by visiting  www.northwestfootballawards.com, on Twitter:@NWFAwards or via Facebook www.fb.com/nwfawards  

The full list of finalists:

Community Initiative of the Year: Blackpool FC Community Trust, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Everton FC, City in the Community, Morecambe FC Community Sports, Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

Community Club of the Year-Premier League: City in the Community, Everton in the Community, Manchester United Foundation.

Community Club of the Year-all other Leagues: Bolton Wanderers Community Trust , Blackpool FC, Morecambe FC Community Trust, Wigan Athletic,.

Best Club Sponsorship/Marketing & Engagement: Blackburn Rovers, Everton FC, Manchester City, Manchester United.

Professional Services to Football: Pinsent Masons, Mills & Reeve

Business Services to Football Award: Complete Sport Solutions, Little League Sports, Rippleffect

Journalist of the Year: Tony Barrett; Chris Bascombe, Ian Herbert, Andy Hunter; Mark Ogden; Jonathan Northcroft, David McDonnell

Fabrice Muamba Award for Medical & Sports Science Professional: Simon Farnworth, Ian Irvin, Tom Jackson, Les Parry, Joyce Watson, ,

Female Player of the Year: Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Everton), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

Manager of the Year: Sean Dyche (Burnley), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) 

Nominees for Player of the Year & Rising Star are:

Premier League


Player of the Year

Rising Star

Everton Seamus Coleman Ross Barkley
Liverpool Raheem Sterling Jordan Rossiter
Manchester City Yaya Toure Marcos Lopes
Manchester United David De Gea James Wilson





Player of the Year


Rising Star

Blackburn Jordan Rhodes Tom Cairney
Blackpool   David Perkins Tom Barkhuizen
Bolton   Tim Ream Andy Kellett
Burnley Danny Ings Steven Hewitt
Wigan James McArthur   Martyn Waghorn


League One:



Player of the Year


Rising Star

Crewe Matt Tootle Ben Garratt
Fleetwood Conor McLaughlin Conor McLaughlin
Oldham James Wesolowski Jonson Clarke-Harris
Preston Joe Garner Josh Brownhill
Rochdale Ian Henderson Jamie Allen


League Two:



Player of the Year


Rising Star

Accrington Stanley    
Bury Danny Mayor Anthony Dudley
Carlisle Brad Potts Patrick Brough
Morecambe Andrew Fleming Aaron McGowan
Tranmere Jason Koumas Max Power


Non League:



Player of the Year


Rising Star

Altrincham Shaun Densmore Scott Leather
Barrow AFC Andy Burns  
Hyde United Josh Brizell Adam Blakeman
Macclesfield Town Danny Andrew Will Bailey
Southport Luke George Luke George
Stalybridge Celtic Paul Ennis  
Stockport County    
Vauxhall Motors  



Vote here:  www.northwestfootballawards.com 

Twitter- @NWFAwards or Facebook www.fb.com/nwfawards  

The MBNA Northwest Football Awards were launched at the Lawn Club in Manchester and here are the highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kixNp2WaCU8


Community Initiative of the Year: Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Everton in the Community-Safe Hands

Community Club of the Year: Everton in the Community; Highly Commended: Morecambe FC

CSR Campaign of the Year: Liverpool FC

Contribution to Sport in the North West: The Neville family

Best Club Marketing Campaign: Everton FC

Best Club Sponsorship Engagement/Partnership: Liverpool FC

Business Services to Football: Rippleffect

Professional Services to Football: Brabners LLP; Special Award: Mark Hovell of Mills & Reeve

Football Journalist of the Year: Mark Ogden (Telegraph)

The Fabrice Muamba Award for Medical & Sports Science Professional: Rob Swire (Manchester Utd Head Physio)             

Rising Star of the Year: Jerome Sinclair (Liverpool FC)

Manager of the Year: Sir Alex Ferguson

Women's Player of the Year: Toni Duggan (Everton Ladies)

Player of the Year (Conference): George Horan (Chester FC)

Player of the Year (LeagueTwo): Jack Redshaw (Morecambe)

Player of the Year (League One): John Welsh (Preston North End)

Player of the Year (Championship): Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers)

Player of the Year (Premier League): Jamie Carragher (Liverpool FC)

Goal of the Year: To be voted on the night

Unsung Hero: Barrie Hipkiss (Chester FC)

Lifetime Contribution Award: Sir Alex Ferguson

Image: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff 

Posted by: Kev Howland 

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