SUNDERLAND’S Bob Stokoe could end a memorable season by being named football’s Manager of the Year tomorrow, writes Dave Bowman.
Today, Jimmy Adamson, of Burnley, was named as the Second Division’s manager of the season, with Jimmy Armfield (Bolton) and Jimmy Meadows (Southport) taking the awards in Divisions Three and Four respectively.
Adamson, Armfield and Meadows will each receive inscribed salvers and cheques for £100, but the winner of the 1973 Manager of the Year award will not be announced until tomorrow.
And there can only be two possible candidates – Bob Stokoe and Liverpool manager, Bill Shankly.
The craggy Scot has taken Liverpool to another League championship success and into the final of the U.E.F.A. Cup, but the awards panel may well have decided that Stokoe’s achievements have been even greater.
Mr Stokoe has already been Manager of the Month and has taken the Division Two award earlier in the season. There will be no complaints from anyone if he completes a wonderful season by landing the top award.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 17, 1973.