Coach of the Year Awards
BBC Sports Coach of the Year
On 9 December 2001, the
Sven-Göran Eriksson its Coach of the Year award, which was
first made in 1999. Eriksson was honoured for turning England around
after a disastrous start to the World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign and
leading them from last to first place in their preliminary group.
Sports Coach UK Coach of the
||On 6 December 2001,
Coach UK, known as the National Coaching Foundation in previous years,
named Sven-Göran Eriksson U.K. coach of the year. Eriksson shared the
award with Alex Staunton, coach of long distance runner Paula Radcliffe.
World Soccer Magazine Coach of the
[More coach of the year awards to
Lifetime Achievement/Service Awards
British Sports Writers'
Association Achievement Awards
Sports Writers' Association does not have an award specially
designated for coaches, but it has honoured two England coach/managers with
merit awards recognizing outstanding
achievement in sport, the one for lifetime accomplishment in competition and the
other for lifetime service outside competition:
Pat Besford Trophy for
2001 - Bobby Robson
J. L. Manning Trophy for
Outstanding Achievement Outside Competition
1977 - Walter Winterbottom
[Many thanks to Trevor Bond,
secretary of the Sports Writers' Association, for information regarding the
Association Merit Award
The Professional Footballers' Association
has given its
Merit Award, established in 1974 to recognise outstanding
achievement or service in football, to three England managers:
Sports Coach UK Achievement Awards
See the Sports Coach UK Coaching Hall
of Fame section below.
[More achievement awards to come.]
Halls of Fame
Football Association England National
Team Hall of Fame
On 8 May 2002
Association website published the
full list of England managers/head coaches--including those who only served
temporarily--under the heading "England Hall of Fame." And on 8
July 2002 it
the same list under the same heading, only this time it gave the list play
on the website's front page and main England team page with links labelled
"England Hall of Fame." Apparently these
England managers/head coaches are, along with a select group of players,
a new England Hall of
Sports Coach UK Coaching Hall of Fame
Each year since 1998,
Coach UK, formerly the National Coaching Foundation, has honoured outstanding
coaches with the Dyson Award and the Mussabini Medal, with the recipients
members of the Coaching Hall of Fame.
The Dyson Award, named after
Geoffrey Dyson, O.B.E., Britain's
chief national coach for track and field from 1947 to1961, goes to "individuals
who have made a sustained and significant contribution to the development and
management of coaching and individual coaches in the U.K." The
Mussabini Medal, named after Sam Mussabini, the early 20th century
athletics coach portrayed in the Academy Award-winning film "Chariots of
Fire," recognises "the contribution of coaches to U.K. performers
who have achieved outstanding success on the world stage."
Three England football coaches are members of the Coaching
Hall of Fame:
Alf Ramsey - Mussabini Medal
Walter Winterbottom -
Howard Wilkinson -
League Managers Association Hall of
[More halls of fame to come.]
Swedish Honours for England's Coach
Sweden has twice honoured native son
Eriksson since he took charge of England's national football team.
On 4 April 2001, in ceremonies at the Football
Association's Soho Square headquarters in London, Eriksson received the highly
prestigious Prince's Plaque in recognition of his outstanding sporting
achievements and the honour he has brought to Sweden. The award was made
by the Swedish government through its representative, Lars Wass. F.A.
chairman Geoffrey Thompson and UEFA President Lennart Johannson, Eriksson's
countryman, took part in the ceremony.
On 5 November 2001, Eriksson was named Football Personality
of the Year at the Stockholm Football Gala, the annual football awards
ceremony sponsored by the Swedish newspaper
and the Swedish Football Association (Svenska Fotbollförbundet).
Sweden's own national team coaching duo of Lars
Lagerback and Tommy Söderberg were also contenders for the award.
Eriksson was unable to accept the award in person at the Monday night awards
ceremonies because he was preparing the
England team for the following Saturday's friendly match against his native
country at Old Trafford. He spoke to the gala gathering via satellite telecast,
however, and paid particular tribute to his assistant Tord Grip.
Söderberg was asked to deliver the award to Eriksson at Old Trafford.
English football is immensely popular in Sweden, of course. Still, as
Telegraph columnist Paul Hayward wrote, "Only
a country as enlightened and liberal as this could bestow an award on a man even
as he was plotting to destroy his own motherland six days hence." A
little more than three weeks after Sweden honoured Eriksson, the luck of the
draw put Sweden and England in the same group
at the World Cup 2002 finals, and so Sweden's Football Personality of the Year
turned to plotting Sweden's footballing demise there, too.