Brian Clough. Jock Stein. Alex Ferguson. All these names have one thing in common: incredible football managing skills. These men have led their respective teams to and from the pitch hundreds of times and have over the course of their career managed to acquire quite a name for themselves. Though the Kent County League managers aren’t operating at quite the same level or with the same stakes as the aforementioned managers, as fans of Kent County League football we all have a duty to recognise brilliance where such recognition is due. This is why this page is dedicated to the past Managers of the Year winners from 2010 to 2014.
2008-2009: Mick Moran – Hollands & Blair
If you want to believe that the victory of Hollands & Blair in the Premier Division of the Kent County League was unrelated to their manager at the time, then that is your prerogative. However, the management of Mick Moran in the 2008-09 season played a significant part in bringing Hollands & Blair to victory.
The 2008-2009 season is the last season that Mick Moran would end up managing the team, but there is no question that the success of the team with Moran at the helm would set them in good stead, allowing them to build momentum for their eventual victory in the 2010-11 season under manager Paul Piggott.
2009-2010, 2010-2011 : Paul Piggott – Hollands & Blair
Same team, different manager. Paul Piggott was the manager of Hollands and Blair for two seasons before leading them to victory in the second of these two years. In spite of the fact that the team didn’t manage to clinch the ultimate victory in the 2009-10 season, it would be the following season that the team finished top in the Premier Division.
Paul Piggott is a manager that is spoken fondly of in the Hollands & Blair History section on the official website, with the team being referred to often as “Piggot’s Boys”. The description of his relationship with the team on the history page makes it clear that Piggot gave the job his all, putting in as much effort as the team did on a weekly basis in order to secure their victory in the 2010-11 season.
2011-2012: Roy Davies – Metrogas
Even though Metrogas didn’t go on to clinch the Premier Division honour in the 2011-12 season, it is difficult to separate the team’s eventual progress n the following (2012-13) season from the management of Roy Davies. Moreover, a mere two years after gaining momentum here, Metrogas managed to win the Premier Division at the close of the 2013-14 season. Davies’ prowess does not go unrecognised in the years following the 2011-12 season, and this is reflected in the fact that he was awarded Manager of the Month again in 2013 for his efforts with Metrogas FC. This second accolade follows a successful November of that year where the team won 5 out of their 5 matches. You can read about Davies’ the second Manager of the Month award here.
2012-2013: Phil Knights – Hollands & Blair Reserves
Though Phil Knights decided to step down as the Hollands & Blair Reserves manager after a fantastic 5 years with the side, his dedication and management skill did not go unnoticed. His efforts with the side – although not leading the reserves to any victories that can be quantified on the Kent County League Division Champions Page – were rewarded with the Manager of the Year accolade for the aforementioned season.
2013-2014: Luke Williams & Liam Morris – East Kent College
It isn’t often that you see a joint award for Manager(s) of the Year, but the most recent one was indeed awarded to two managers: Luke Williams and Liam Morris for their management of East Kent College FC. The two joint-managers provided excellent leadership for the team in the 2013-14 season, leading to great success. Not only is this award much deserved for these two gentlemen for team performance reasons, but also for philanthropic ones. An event organised by Luke Williams that was known as the Williams Weekender managed to raise over £20000 for the cause of cancer research. You can read more on this story on the East Kent website.