Moyes backs Man Utd boss Ferguson for Manager of the Year

Everton manager David Moyes believes his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson should be the favourite to be named the LMA Manager of the Year after clinching the Premier League title this season.

Moyes – a three-time winner of the prize himself – feels there are a number of strong candidates for the gong this year but the veteran Ferguson’s feats in reclaiming the title from Manchester City cannot go unnoticed.

There have been a lot of really good performances, Moyes said. “The one that springs to mind for obvious reasons is Sir Alex Ferguson who has won the league again. AVB at Spurs has had a season where they have competed and done well. Swansea have been terrific, Michael Laudrup has been excellent in his first season there.

Moyes, the LMA manager of the year for 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2008/09, a joint-record shared with Ferguson, also feels a few managers lower down the table – or who did not win trophies, in the case of Laudrup – deserve to be in contention.

He added: “Steve Clarke has had a very good season at West Brom as they have never really at any time looked to be in any danger at all and always been a stable club.

Along with them Roberto Martinez has taken Wigan to an FA Cup so there are a lot of people who have done good jobs. If you work in the Premier League it is always tough to be successful and I think all of them have been.

Having moved to Everton from Preston North End, Moyes is one of the managers in the top flight to have experienced football at a lower level, and believes that there are so many good managers in the Football League that even when pushed, he cannot single out just one for praise.

Off the top of my head I don’t know if I have the answer for that,” Moyes said. “It was great to see another Scotsman in Malky Mackay doing so well. I think Eddie Howe has done a great job getting Bournemouth promoted. Martin Allen at Gillingham also has got them promoted.

Moyes stressed however that management in the lower leagues is not always about gaining promotion – indeed, the tight budgets with which so many bosses struggle means the ones who are not fighting it out at the top are often as worthy of praise.

He said: “It is always easy to name managers who won promotion but there are a lot of managers down there with small resources that have done incredible jobs avoiding relegation and a lot of the time that goes unnoticed. It is tough to single out one as there are so many doing a lot of good work.

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