OPINION: Bosses overlooked, but main award comes at season's end
by Matt Dannatt, Football Writer
WHAT more do Paul Hurst and Rob Scott have to do to get some recognition from those at Blue Square Bet?
Once again, this month, Town's managers were overlooked for the league's 'Manager of the Month award'.
The gong went to Paul Buckle – the man whose side were hammered 3-0 by the Mariners in the FA Trophy last week.
The Hatters' shock FA Cup wins over Premier League side Norwich and Championship outfit Wolves were undoubtedly a large influence on the selector's decision – and many would argue rightly so.
But as far as league achievements go, few can have made a better case to be presented with the award at least once this season than Town's duo.
Under the joint-bosses' stewardship, the Mariners are unbeaten since early November and have hit top spot on no-less than five occasions.
Throw in league wins over title rivals Wrexham and Luton, plus the fact that Town are in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, and the oversights seem even more unfathomable.
In fairness, the bosses may have simply been victims of circumstance.
In December, the Mariners enjoyed impressive home wins over Tamworth, Havant and Waterlooville in the Trophy and Wrexham, not to mention the 4-1 Derby Day win at Lincoln on Boxing Day.
That month's award went to Steve Burr, whose Kidderminster side went on a remarkable run of results and few could argue against his selection.
Town fans reacted to the news of the latest award with indifference – saying they were happy to avoid falling victim to the infamous curse that's incumbent on those that scoop the gong.
After all, Scott and Hurst have bigger fish to fry – the biggest and most prestigious award comes seasonally, not monthly.