Nigel Adkins was presented with an award for winning the final quarter of the Castrol LMA Managers' Performance table on Thursday 22 July.
Adkins convincingly won the fourth quarter, after guiding his side on a memorable run which resulted in the Saints gaining promotion to the npower Championship. Having joined the club in September 2010, Adkins remarkably went onto win his third promotion from League One. Southampton finished second in the division, after the club spent two years in English footballís third tier. During the campaign, Adkins was also awarded the manager of the month award for April and his side set a club record for the number of clean sheets in one season. Paul Lambert, Gary Waddock, Roberto Mancini and Lee Clark also featured in the top five.
Ferguson pipped Adkins to the season award by just one point, with Gus Poyet, Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti finishing in the top five.† He won the seasonís award after Manchester Unitedís excellent campaign winning the Barclays Premier League title, the 12th title of Ferguson's reign. The club also reached the UEFA Champions League final for the third time in four seasons. This was in addition to reaching the semi-finals of The FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.
The Castrol LMA Managers' Performance table was devised to allow managers from every level of League football to test themselves against one another.
Every competitive game counts towards a manager's individual score in the League. Points are awarded for victories and draws, with results away from home scoring higher.
Points for clean sheets and goals-scored accumulate throughout the season, whilst a team's winning margin also counts towards the total.