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The Scottish Football Writers' Association Manager of the Year (often called the SFWA Manager of the Year, or simply the Scottish Manager of the Year) award is given to the manager in Scottish football who is seen to have been the best manager of the previous season. The award is voted for by the members of the Scottish Football Writers' Association.

SFWA Manager of the Year
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Martin O'Neill won the award three times during his five seasons with Celtic
Awarded forThe outstanding manager in each given Scottish football season
Presented byScottish Football Writers' Association
First awarded1987
Last awarded2019
Manager of the SeasonSteve Clarke
Most awardsWalter Smith (7)

The award was first given in 1987, and was won by Dundee United boss Jim McLean. The award has been won by a manager in the top division of the Scottish football league system in all but two years, 1990, when the award went to Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh and 1995 when the award was given to Jimmy Nicholl who managed Raith Rovers in the First Division. There is a similar award made by PFA Scotland, the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year, which was first given in 2007.


List of winnersEdit

As of 2019, the award has been presented 33 times and won by 22 different managers. Walter Smith (7), Martin O'Neill (3), Dick Advocaat (2), Steve Clarke (2) and Neil Lennon (2) are the managers who have won the award more than once.

Season Manager Club Also won Notes
1986–87 Jim McLean Dundee United
1987–88 Billy McNeill Celtic
1988–89 Graeme Souness Rangers
1989–90 Andy Roxburgh Scotland
1990–91 Alex Totten St Johnstone
1991–92 Walter Smith Rangers
1992–93 Walter Smith Rangers
1993–94 Walter Smith Rangers
1994–95 Jimmy Nicholl Raith Rovers
1995–96 Walter Smith Rangers
1996–97 Walter Smith Rangers
1997–98 Wim Jansen Celtic
1998–99 Dick Advocaat Rangers
1999–00 Dick Advocaat Rangers
2000–01 Martin O'Neill Celtic
2001–02 Martin O'Neill Celtic
2002–03 Alex McLeish Rangers
2003–04 Martin O'Neill Celtic
2004–05 Tony Mowbray Hibernian [1]
2005–06 Gordon Strachan Celtic [2]
2006–07 Gordon Strachan Celtic Also won the PFA Scotland award [3]
2007–08 Walter Smith Rangers
2008–09 Csaba László Heart of Midlothian [4]
2009–10 Walter Smith Rangers Also won the PFA Scotland award [5]
2010–11 Mixu Paatelainen Kilmarnock [6]
2011–12 Neil Lennon Celtic [7]
2012–13 Neil Lennon Celtic [8]
2013–14 Derek McInnes Aberdeen Also won the PFA Scotland award [9]
2014–15 John Hughes Inverness Caledonian Thistle Also won the PFA Scotland award [10]
2015–16 Jim McIntyre Ross County [11]
2016–17 Brendan Rodgers Celtic Also won the PFA Scotland award
2017–18 Steve Clarke Kilmarnock [12]
2018–19 Steve Clarke Kilmarnock Also won the PFA Scotland award [13][14]

Winners by clubEdit

See alsoEdit


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  12. ^ "Steve Clarke wins SWFA Manager of the Year award". Kilmarnock FC. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  13. ^ @scottishfwa (9 May 2019). "SFWA Awards shortlist - Manager of the Year sponsored by William Hill - Dick Campbell, Steve Clarke, Gary Holt, Shelley Kerr. #SFWA #Footballwriters" (Tweet). Retrieved 9 May 2019 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ MacDonald, Kenny (15 May 2019). "HIGH AND DRYER". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 16 May 2019.