Philips Sports Manager of the Year

The Philips Sports Manager of the Year is an award for the person considered the most outstanding Irish sports manager or coach of a particular year.

The award is contested by the twelve winners of the year's Philips Sports Manager of the Month Awards, which are open to Irish sports managers, trainers or coaches, or overseas-born managers of Irish teams.

Because the annual ceremony is traditionally held in early December each year, the December winner from the previous year is eligible to compete.

Unusually, the award was instigated not by a sporting body or journalists' association, but by the event sponsors themselves, Philips in 1982.

There have been joint-winners twice. First in 1990 as the achievement of Cork GAA winning the first All-Ireland hurling and football double in exactly 100 years saw respective managers Fr Michael O'Brien and Billy Morgan honoured. It happened again in 2015 when Irish football manager Martin O'Neill and Northern Irish football manager Michael O'Neill shared the award for qualifying their respective sides for the 2016 European Football Championships.

Jack Charlton is the most honoured manager since the award's inception, having won it four times during his tenure as Ireland football manager. Declan Kidney is the only person to have won the award for achievements with two different teams at different levels, while Brian Kerr was honoured for success with three different Irish national soccer teams. Joining Charlton, Kidney and Kerr as a multi-award winner is Kilkenny hurling supremo Brian Cody.

Philips Sports Manager of the Year winners

Year Winner Team and sport[1]
1982 Pat Henderson Kilkenny hurling
1983 Brendan Edwards Irish men's amateur golf
1984 Mick O'Dwyer Kerry football[2]
1985 Mick Doyle Ireland rugby
1986 Jim McLaughlin Shamrock Rovers
1987 Jack Charlton Ireland soccer
1988 Jack Charlton Ireland soccer
1989 Jack Charlton Ireland soccer
1990 Billy Morgan and Fr Michael O'Brien Cork football and hurling
1991 Pete McGrath Down football
1992 Brian McEniff Donegal football
1993 Jack CharltonIreland soccer
1994 Eddie JordanJordan GP
1995 Ger LoughnaneClare hurling
1996 Liam GriffinWexford hurling
1997 Brian KerrIreland under-20 soccer
1998 Brian KerrIreland under-16 & 18 soccer
1999 Sean BoylanMeath football
2000 John OxxRacing, Sinndar's trainer
2001 Mick McCarthyIreland soccer
2002 Joe KernanArmagh football
2003 Brian CodyKilkenny hurling[3]
2004 Eddie O'SullivanIreland rugby
2005 Mickey HarteTyrone football[4]
2006 Declan KidneyMunster Rugby
2007 Paul DoolinDrogheda United
2008 Declan KidneyMunster Rugby[5]
2009 Declan KidneyIreland rugby[6]
2010 Liam SheedyTipperary hurling[7]
2011 Giovanni TrapattoniIreland soccer[8]
2012 Billy Walsh and Pete TaylorIreland boxing[9][10]
2013 Jim GavinDublin football[11]
2014 Joe SchmidtIreland rugby[12]
2015 Martin O'Neill and Michael O'NeillIreland and Northern Ireland soccer[13]


  1. "List of previous winners". The Irish Times.
  2. "O'Dwyer Named Manager of the Month". The Belfast Telegraph/INN.
  3. "Kilkenny boss named Manager of the Year". Irish Examiner.
  4. "Harte takes the top award". The Irish Times. 12 December 2005.
  5. "Kidney Crowned Philips Sports Manager of the Year".
  6. "Kidney Chosen For Manager of the Year Honour".
  7. "Sheedy named manager of the year". The Irish Times. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  8. "Trapattoni wins manager of the year award". RTÉ Sport. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  9. "Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll says that the RWC 2015 comes 18 months...". RTÉ Sport.
  10. "Billy Walsh and Peter Taylor share Philips Manager of the Year award for 2012". RTÉ Sport. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  11. "'Humbled' Gavin caps a year to remember". Irish Independent. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  12. "Joe Schmidt wins Philips Manager of the Year award". The Score. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  13. "The two O'Neills are sharing the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award". Newstalk. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
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