Tony Docherty, John McGlynn and Derek McInnes nominated for Manager of the Year

Brian Graham, Jo Potter and Grant Scott are in the running for the SWPL1 award.

Tony Docherty, John McGlynn and Derek McInnes nominated for Manager of the Year SNS Group

The Managers and Coaches Association of Scotland has announced their shortlist for Manager of the Year, with Dundee’s Tony Docherty, Falkirk boss John McGlynn and Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes all in the running for the award.

Docherty has been recognised for his work at Dens Park where he has had a successful first season as a manager. Newly-promoted Dundee have impressed with their style of play, secured a top six place and still have hopes of achieving European football.

McInnes has guided Kilmarnock to fourth place in the Premiership table, all but securing a place in Europe for next season and putting him in with a chance of winning the manager’s award for the second time, having won it in 2014.

Falkirk have been the story of the season in League 1, cruising to the title without defeat and that has seen 2011 winner McGlynn nominated by his peers.

Nominations for the SWPL1 Manager of the Year have also been revealed, with Rangers boss Jo Potter, Partick Thistle’s Brian Graham and Hibernian’s Grant Scott all in contention.

Graham has combined his job as striker for Thistle’s men’s team with coaching and led his side to the Sky Sports Cup final. Scott has taken Hibs into the top six in another successful season, while Potter has Rangers in contention for a treble in her first year in Glasgow.

Billy Brown, chairman of the Managers and Coaches Association, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the managers and coaches who’ve been nominated – they’re all extremely worthy candidates and I’m delighted to see them achieve such success this year.

“All three SPFL managers deserve great credit for the jobs they’ve done with the resources at their disposal. Derek won the award a decade ago and seems to be reinvigorated at Kilmarnock, he’s had a terrific season.

“I’ve known John for a long time, firstly as a coach at Musselburgh Windsor before Jim Jefferies and I took him to Hearts all those years ago. I’m really chuffed at what he’s done with Falkirk, it’s amazing to go through nearly an entire season unbeaten.

“For Tony in his first job as a manager to get Dundee into the top six, he should be really proud. I watched them several times in person this season and they’ve been great to watch. I couldn’t argue with whoever wins the award.

“We are delighted to see SWPL 1 managers and coaches nominated for the first time, as it underlines the continuing growth and success of women’s football in Scotland.

“There’s so much good work being done across the SWPL and there are some fantastic managers and coaches working around the country involved in that.

“I’m pleased to see Brian being so successful with Partick – I don’t know how he finds the time to do it all whilst still trying to score goals on a Saturday.

“Grant has been at the forefront of growing women’s football for many years, and it’s great to see him recognised for the good work he does at Hibernian.

“I’ve been really impressed with what Jo has achieved with Rangers this season, and her nomination is well deserved. To manage a squad competing on multiple fronts and give yourself a chance of a treble takes great skill. I wish all the nominees the best of luck, and they are all deserving of praise and recognition”.

Both awards will be presented at the 2024 PFA Scotland Awards dinner, held on Sunday May 5 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

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