Boss of the Year

Kernaghan wins top award

CLYDE manager Alan Kernaghan was named Bell's Manager of the Year for the first division at a plush

ceremony at the Gleneagles Hotel last week.

His assistant Billy Reid who picked up the award, as Kernaghan is on holiday, felt Clyde were finally getting some long overdue credit after their best season in over 30 years.

He said: "The award is thoroughly deserved, Alan has been a big influence both on and off the park this season and deserves all the credit he has been getting.

"I think if Alan was here himself he would make a special tribute to his players, as it is they who win games. Our players have been fantastic this season and without them Alan and myself are nothing."

Billy feels that other clubs in the division have been looked on more favourably than Clyde but cannot understand why.

He said: "I think this recognition is long overdue, if you look at the awards throughout the season Falkirk, Inverness and St Johnstone picked up all the awards and it wasn't until the last few months of the season that Mark Gilhaney picked up an award and the manager himself.

"I feel our players have been overlooked but they responded in the right way and kept winning games.

"I don't why they have been overlooked. I have heard people say that Clyde are an unfashionable club but I don't really know where that comes from. If you look at our stadia, it is as good as any team in the first division and our players are also as good as any in the league."

With Kernaghan playing in the centre of defence for much of the season it could be suggested that the award should have gone to Billy himself, as he spent most time in the dugout. Billy though doesn't agree.

He said: "When Alan started having an on-field role he was a major influence but for the last two games of the season we played without Alan and won convincingly.

"Alan and myself work together. We were thrown in to work as a partnership and it has worked well. When Alan is on the park I make the decisions on matchdays and that has been successful so why change it?

"I wasn't surprised to be kept on as assistant manager. Initially, Alan came in as a player but I knew him from my days at the SFA coaching courses at Largs and we built up a rapport. Obviously the two of us are on the same wavelength and have similar knowledge of the game, so have just gelled from there."

Billy also outlined what he sees as the future for Clyde.

He said: "Hopefully now though, it is the turn of Clyde and we can go to the next level. Expectations are high but Alan and myself wouldn't have it any other way.

"We have to stress to our players that success next season will be finishing top of the pile and that is where we aim to be."