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Sam Allardyce nominated as London Manager of the Year

Filed: Thursday, 12th February 2015
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce has been nominated for the 2015 London Manger of the Year award.

The Hammers boss, who has enjoyed a thoroughly successful season in his fourth year at the club is one of three Hammers nominated for this year's awards, which take place on 5 March in Battersea.

In Addition to Allardyce, goalkeeper Adrian has been selected as one of the five nominees for London goalkeeper of the Year whilst Carl Jenkinson is in the hat for the Young London Player of the Year (Under 23s).

Allardyce, one of only two Premier League managers on the shortlist finds himself up against Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Mark Warburton (Brentford), Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon) and the 2014 KUMB Awards headliner Martin Allen, now at Barnet.

In the goalkeeper category, Adrian is joined by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) and former Hammer Robert Green (QPR). Meanwhile Jenkinson contests the Under 23 category alongside Alex Pritchard (Brentford), Harry Kane and Ryan Mason (Tottenham).

Further categories to be decided on the night - which include no representatives from West Ham - are the London Player of the Year, London Women’s Player of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to a London Club and London Community Project of the Year.

The Hammers trio will be pleased to hear that the expert judging panel includes lifelong Hammer Tony Cottee. Unfortunately for Messrs Allardyce, del Castillo and Jenkinson there are 15 other judges on the panel!

The London Football Awards - which covers all 15 London clubs, Arsenal, Barnet, Brentford, Charlton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Dagenham & Redbridge, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Millwall, QPR, Tottenham, Watford, West Ham and Wimbledon - will raise much needed funds for Willow, a national charity that provides unique and positive Special Days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

Willow was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and sports presenter Bob Wilson and his wife Megs and in memory of their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged just 31.

To date Willow has fulfilled more than 11,000 Special Days for young people living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, organ failure and Huntington’s.

England manager Roy Hodgson speaking at last year's Awards

Standard tickets to the event, including pre-dinner drinks and a three course meal, cost £185 per person. Tables of ten are available for £1,750, Premium tables cost £2,500 and Legend Tables (for ten guests plus a legend) cost £5,000.

For more information and booking visit www.londonfootballawards.org or telephone Willow on 01707 259777. For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk.

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