Premiership Managers of the Year 2014/15
1. The top award here goes to someone who has transformed a side that looked destined to fail under his management. A poor start to his time in charge led many people (including me) to predict that he may be a managerial casualty this year. He has far exceeded anyone’s expectations in terms of his ability as a manager this year (many Scottish fans simply did not/do not rate him) and he has guided his team to their first ever Scottish Cup final. John Hughes is my pick for manager of the year. Inverness started slowly under Yogi but he has shown that he can get the best out of a small squad. They have taken a hit in the league over the past couple of months but they have all but secured 3rd. They also have a historic Scottish Cup final to look forward to after defeating Celtic in the semi-finals. A massive well done to Hughes this year, and he has just been named the official SPFL manager of the year to top things off.
2. As a Dundee United fan it should pain me to say this but you cannot fail to be impressed with what Paul Hartley has achieved at Dundee this season. He thrived in the Championship and for many fans the aim for this season would have been for the club to build solid foundations and avoid relegation. Hartley has exceeded that aim and then some. Dundee are playing good football and Hartley must also be credited with some fantastic signings this season (Bain and Stewart in particular). He has already started his planning for next year and that is something that Dundee fans will be delighted with. He has shown real commitment to Dundee despite interest from elsewhere.
3. I thought long and hard about including people like McInnes and Wright on this list but I decided instead to acknowledge a manager who looked all set for relegation up until a few months ago. The third place in the list goes to Jim McIntyre of Ross County. For much of this season it looked like the Staggies were down and out but suddenly on Valentine’s Day the team picked up a win that kick started a miraculous run of form that has pretty much saved Ross County from relegation. Timing is everything and McIntyre deserves huge credit for this run of form. He looks to have found a winning formula after months of toiling and trying out different ideas. The interesting thing now is seeing what kind of season the side will have next year because he will now have the challenge of building on this change of fortunes.