Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is one of four nominees for Scotland’s Manager of the Year, PFA Scotland announced today. The other candidates are Celtic’s Ronny Deila, the Inverness manager John Hughes and Derek McInnes of Aberdeen.
Neilson is the only candidate from outwith the Scottish Premiership, recognition of his outstanding first season in charge of Hearts. The Edinburgh club won the Championship title in record time with seven games remaining, including a 20-game unbeaten run, and set a new points total for the division last weekend.
Deila is close to securing the Premiership title in his first season as Celtic manager. He has already guided the club to silverware with last month’s League Cup final win against Dundee United.
Hughes has taken unfancied Inverness to the Scottish Cup final, beating Celtic in the semi-finals in the process. They have also enjoyed a largely successful league campaign and are currently in third place with five games left to play.
Aberdeen have pushed Celtic all the way in the league under the astute guidance of McInnes. They are eight points behind the Glasgow club but have already secured second place. McInnes’ signings and management techniques have ensured another good season for the Pittodrie club after last year’s League Cup win.
The Manager of the Year award will be announced at the PFA Scotland dinner this Sunday, May 3, in Glasgow.