Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has been named the Manager of the Year at the North West Football Awards, in an announcement released on the group’s official Twitter page.
The 46-year-old linked up with the Tangerines last summer, and guided the club to an instant return to League One following their relegation the year before.
Victory at Wembley in the play off final win over Exeter City marked the end of a perfect debut season for the former Blackburn Rovers manager, whose side lie comfortably in mid-table this season following their return to the third tier.
Bowyer beat off competition from Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson, who led the Trotters to an instant return of their own following their relegation to League One, as the Macron Stadium side finished runners up to Sheffield United to secure an automatic promotion spot.
Blackpool fans will be delighted to see their popular manager rewarded for his achievements, with the club expected to struggle in the fourth tier last year.
It has been a dark period in the history of the club, with the Seasiders falling from the Premier League to the fourth tier in a matter of years under the controversial ownership of the Oyston family.
With the club up for sale and looking comfortable in League One, the good feeling has returned to Bloomfield Road, and those associated with the club will be quietly confident that the good times are beginning to return to the 1953 FA Cup winners.
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