EAMONN McManus won the Sports Leader of the Year Award at the Liverpool Post Leader of the Year accolades last night.
He was nominated for his work in bringing a new stadium to the area and beat off competition from the likes of Everton’s David Moyes and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard.
The awards were held at the Museum of Liverpool in association with the University of Liverpool Management School and hosted by Gordon Burns.
Anders Borg: Norwegian born Anders Borg is the organiser and driving force behind the acclaimed Liverpool International Lawn Tennis Tournament, which sees stars of the game and greats from its past taking part in a four day spectacular event at Liverpool’s Calderstones Park each summer. 2012 saw the tenth anniversary of a tournament which has attracted some of the greatest names in the game to the city – and to a municipal park – over the past decade, including Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Novak Djokovic and Marat Safin. It’s all down to a Scandinavian financial stockbroker who has a passion for tennis – and for Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard: Captained England in Euro 2012 having been made the national skipper on a permanent basis. Also in 2012 scored his 150th goal for LFC, whom he has captained wonderfully on the pitch and off it. He has been a solid and dependable leader for the fans through all the turmoil of recent years; Hicks and Gillett, Benitez sacking, Hodgson sacking, Dalglish sacking etc etc. Possibly the greatest player in LFC history and still going strong, he has been a stalwart leader too of club and country. Just been given his 100th England cap.
Eamonn McManus: The owner and chairman of St Helens Rugby League Football Club, Eamonn is a proud son of the town who saw a ten year dream come to fruition when he proudly opened Saints brand new and impressive stadium Langtree Park in 2012. For over a decade now he has regularly helped oversee the Saints to Challenge Cup and Super League glory. Respected and admired for his vision, business and people management skills, an avenue near the new stadium has been named in his honour. Liverpool and Everton FC are still after many years trying to build or refurbish their stadiums, but thanks to Eamonn McManus’ leadership skills, Saints have gone and got the job done – and replaced Knowsley Road with a fantastic, modern new rugby league venue.
David Moyes: In March this year Glaswegian Moyes clocked up ten years at the helm of Everton FC. He has won the Manager of the Year Award three times and despite fears of doom and gloom from sections of the support, he has started the 2012/13 season in blistering style. Widely regarded as the greatest ‘value adding’ manager in the Premier League, if not Europe, he constantly sees the Blues punching well above their weight despite well publicised financial limitations. They now harbour genuine ambitions of making it into the Champions League next season.