Friday 25 May 2018

Buckley deserves accolades coming his way

Liam Buckley
Liam Buckley
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The main honour at Friday night's Airtricity/SWAI banquet, the Personality of the Year award, deservedly went to St Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley.

Over the years, the title of the Soccer Writers' award, which dates back to 1961, has attracted its fair share of comment, primarily when it is collected by people who some reckon to have no personality at all.

That is because the award goes to the person that is deemed to have made the most significant impact in terms of achievement in the previous 12 months, although unimaginative voting means that it's dominated by managers.

Indeed only one player, Owen Heary back in 2008, has collected the prize in the last decade.

Premier Division-winning bosses are often the safe bet but Buckley is a worthy winner whose selection should also satisfy the pedants. His personality unquestionably contributed to the Saints' successful title charge.

Rather than being a ranter or raver, his style revolves around building confidence and his players responded to it in 2013. He deserves the accolades that have come his way.

Irish Independent

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