BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Brendan Kelly was named Manager of the Year at the Midland League end of season awards night at the weekend.
Kelly was left with the task of guiding last season’s ‘Invincible’ Division One champions to back-to-back promotions following the sudden departure of Paul Smith at the end of February,
Many thought the club was destined to be a sinking ship, especially after the 4-0 home defeat to Coleshill Town in what was their first league defeat at the Victoria Ground since the 1-0 reverse to Nuneaton Griff in February 2016.
However, that defeat spurred the Rouslers into action as they won nine of their final 11 games to ease to the Premier Division title, six points clear of nearest challengers Coleshill.
And Kelly’s remarkable efforts were rewarded last Saturday night at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.
“It was a strange one really as Paul had made a big contribution so he must take some credit for what we achieved this season,” he said.
“But it was lovely to accept and receive the award on what was a really nice night.”
Meanwhile, the Sporting boss has continued his squad building with left-back Jack Wilson agreeing to stay but Max Loveridge has departed for Redditch United and Drew Canavan has returned to Stourport Swifts.
Kelly also confirmed star striker Jason Cowley would be starting pre-season training at a National League North club but did not disclose who that was.
He added midfielder Liam Spink, who missed the majority of last season after breaking his leg in a Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Nuneaton, was expected to be fit for the start of the new campaign.
“Liam will be like a new signing for us,” said Kelly.