Peterhead boss Jim McInally today admitted he was ‘stunned’ to hear he had been nominated for the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.
The former Dundee United midfielder has been named on the four-man shortlist for the country’s top boss award after a season packed full of success.
McInally led the League One outfit to the final of the Challenge Cup, their first ever national final, where they lost 4-0 to Rangers in front of 50,000 fans at Hampden Park.
The Balmoor side have also secured their place in the Championship play-offs, which was achieved in part thanks to a 19-game unbeaten run, where they will bid to reach the second tier of Scottish football for the first time in their history.
“I thought it was a wind-up,” McInally said.
“To be honest I was stunned.
“It is your fellow managers who vote for it, so it is pretty humbling to know it has come from them.”
McInally is nominated alongside Ross County’s Jim McIntyre, who led the Staggies to the League Cup this term, and Rangers boss Mark Warburton, who has secured the Scottish Championship title, Challenge Cup and also led them to the Scottish Cup final after beating Celtic in the semi-finals.
Peter Houston makes up the list with his Falkirk side who are on course to finish runners-up ahead of Hibernian in the Championship.