The leading candidates for the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award have been announced ahead of The Football League Awards 2014, which takes place this Sunday, 16th March at the Brewery, London.
This award recognises the best managerial achievement from the past 12 months. From unexpected promotion, to giant killings and cup runs, the award acknowledges those leaders that orchestrate generation-defining moments for their club and its fans.
Nominations for this award were suggested by fans via Sports Interactive's Football Manager Twitter account and Facebook page. Among the many received, the stand-out nominations included Chesterfield's Paul Cook, AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson.
The Football League Awards honour on and off pitch achievements across The League's 72 clubs, rewarding players, clubs and fans in 13 categories, which include the Family Club of the Year, Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year and the Tokio Marine Unsung Hero award.
On the pitch, the League Football Education Apprentice of the Year will be chosen for each division, as will the Sky Bet Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and the Mitre Goal of the Year.
Supporters will get a front row seat for Sunday's Awards with live coverage of the ceremony being broadcast to a global online audience on multiple channels. Fans can watch all the action unfold by heading to FLAwards.com, The Football League's official YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as official club websites and YouTube channels. There will also be a variety of live online partners taking the event to fans around the world.
In total, 35 clubs have been nominated so far, with Championship side Derby County leading the way with four nominations, while a further 14 clubs have been nominated twice.
Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award nominee information:
Paul Cook (Chesterfield)
After joining Chesterfield from Accrington Stanley in October 2012, Paul guided the Spireites to eighth position in League 2, finishing just a couple of points outside the Play-Off places. The 2013/14 season has seen the club reach the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley, where they will play Peterborough United, while they are one of the front runners for promotion to League 1.
Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth)
Another manager in his second spell at a club, Eddie left Bournemouth to join Burnley in January 2011 before returning to the south coast in October 2012. He immediately rekindled his success with the Cherries, leading them to second place in League 1 and with it promotion to the Championship, where they are now operating in a comfortable mid-table position.
Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town)
Having returned to Yeovil Town in January 2012 for his second spell at Huish Park, Gary started by leading his team to League 1 safety. In the following season, the Glovers manager orchestrated a campaign that saw Yeovil reach the Play-Offs. They beat Sheffield United in the Semi-Finals before a 2-1 victory over Brentford at Wembley secured their place in English football's second tier for the first time in the club's history.
2013: Phil Parkinson (Bradford City)
2012: Gus Poyet (Brighton & Hove Albion)
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com.
Supporters will get a front row seat for Sunday's Awards with live coverage of the ceremony being broadcast to a global online audience on multiple channels. Fans can watch all the action unfold by heading to www.FLAwards.com, The Football League's official YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as official club websites and YouTube channels. There will also be a variety of live online partners taking the event to fans around the world.