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YOU HAVE TO BE READY

19 May 2014

Securing promotion and going on a 28 game unbeaten run in your first managerial job are achievements Russ Wilcox never imagined would happen when he took over the role in November.

Nevertheless, that is what happened and it led to the Iron boss being named League Two Manager of the Year at the LMA End of Season Awards last week.

Not only was Wilcox awarded that prestigious honour on the evening, he was also presented with a special recognition award from one of the best managers English football has ever seen.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson presented the Iron's record breaking boss with a special achievement award following the unbeaten run which saw United go more than half the season undefeated.

Wilcox told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk: "It was amazing to get the award and it was also an amazing evening.

"For me it has been a crazy six months.

"If you look back six months to November and if somebody said that we'd be sat here now talking about me becoming the League Two manager of the year we wouldn't have believed it.

"It's unbelievable."

Wilcox explained how he picked the right moment to step into management after he served a long apprenticeship as a number two.

The United manager had worked under Brian Laws for nearly 15 years while he also assisted Lee Bradbury at AFC Bournemouth.

"This just goes to show how important it is in football that you have to be ready," Wilcox said.

"I have said numerous times before that I have felt ready for a couple of years now.

"You have to get yourself educated and then everything comes down to experience."

He added: "I have had 15 years of experience working alongside Brian Laws and Lee Bradbury and you have to use all that experience once that number one job becomes available."

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