League One Managers of the Year 2014/15
1. I’m a bit of a Forfar fan so I am going to be biased here, but I actually do believe that Dick Campbell has been manager of the year in League One. The longest-serving manager in Scottish football has managed to completely surpass the expectations of many who had Forfar tipped for potential relegation this year. With a mixture of youth and experience in his squad he has guided the Loons to near promotion. Firstly through the race for the title that went down to the final day and now with the chance to get promoted through the playoffs. Campbell has pulled off some stunning results this year and his team have been impressive in managing to get results when needed (their back four and big Rab Douglas have been unbeatable at times). It isn’t clear how long Dick Campbell intends on staying in management but if he did get Forfar promoted it would probably go down as his biggest achievement.
2. It was a tough decision between first and second place here. In a season similar to Forfar’s it has been an excellent campaign for Stranraer. Unfortunately they just fell short in the playoffs but Steve Aitken deserves immense credit for leading his side on a charge up the table that was unexpected for many. For much of the season they looked like genuine tile contenders with some very exciting form along the way. The Stair Park side enjoyed fabulous success in league this year and they also achieved some impressive results in the cup competitions. Steve Aitken had his team playing effective and robust football this year and they had the League One’s best defensive record. The club and fans must now wait and see if Aitken is to be poached by a side in a higher division, he has been linked with more than few jobs over the course of the season and the lure of a fulltime club might be too much to turn down.
3. Ray MacKinnon fills the third spot in the League One managerial awards. Anyone that takes a team on a historic 17 match unbeaten run cannot be ignored. For Brechin City fans the season started off rather inconsistently but since just before Christmas their form has seen them once again reach a playoff spot (admittedly it could have been so much more for them). MacKinnon has recruited well and has Brechin playing good football. He has managed to get the best out of a thin squad and he can claim the best away record in League One. Depending on the makeup of next year’s division it will be safe to presume that they will once again be challenging with the prospect of promotion very much on the cards. MacKinnon has been in charge for a couple of years now and much like Steve Aitken it remains to be seen whether or not he will stay at Brechin or whether he might seek a fresh challenge at a fulltime club in the near future.