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EFL Awards 2023 shortlists revealed with it causing debate amongst fans on social media

The EFL Awards 2023 shortlists were revealed on Tuesday afternoon with it causing plenty of debate amongst fans on social media.

Vincent Kompany, Michael Carrick and Mark Robins will battle it out to be named EFL Championship Manager of the Season at the 2023 EFL Awards… although it might be rather obviously who will clinch that honour.

Chuba Akpom, Viktor Gyökeres and Josh Brownhill will compete for the EFL Championship Player of the Season.

Taking place on the 23rd of April, winners will be announced at the star-studded EFL Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Kompany’s achievements in leading Burnley to the top Championship table have earned him a place on this year’s shortlist. Michael Carrick impresses as his first full-time manager position, with Middlesbrough in the running for an automatic promotion spot.

Coventry City’s growth through the EFL continues over the years, with Mark Robins being highlighted for his exceptional work at Sky Blues.

The two highest-scoring players in the division meet alongside the league’s heartbeat to earn the EFL Player of Season award.

Chuba Akpom’s 25 goals have Boro vying for promotion, while Viktor Gyokeres’ 18 goals and nine assists has fired Coventry City to the verge of a playoff position.

Josh Brownhill, a reliable and highly experienced candidate for Burnley, completes the list.

In League One, a potential promotion tussle makes up the shortlist for Manager of the Season, with Kieran McKenna (Ipswich Town), Steven Schumacher (Plymouth Argyle) and Darren Moore (Sheffield Wednesday) shortlisted.

In the EFL Player of the Season category, Wednesday’s midfield maestro Barry Bannan is pitted alongside Bristol Rovers’ Aaron Collins, who has 15 goals and 11 assists so far this season, and the division’s top goalscorer with 24 goals, Peterborough United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris.

In League Two, Paul Simpson (Carlisle United), Richie Wellens (Leyton Orient) and Steve Evans (Stevenage) are shortlisted for Manager of the Season, with their respective Clubs currently occupying three of the top five spots in the division.

Bradford City’s Andy Cook and Northampton Town’s Sam Hoskins have 44 goals between them in the league so far, as they vie for the EFL Player of the Season award alongside Stevenage’s defensive lynchpin and captain, Carl Piergianni.

To recognise the League’s best young talent, the EFL Young Player of the Year Awards will be presented again divisionally.

The Championship is shortlisted for Alex Scott from Bristol City, Middlesbrough’s Hayden Hackney, and Amad Diallo from Sunderland AFC.

For League One: Jes Rak-Sakyi of Charlton Athletic is on the list along with Ipswich Town’s midfielder Cameron Humphreys, and Bali Mumba, the Plymouth Argyle’s goalkeeper.

Two Colchester United defensive players are shortlisted in League Two – Jayden Sweeney from Leyton Orient and Junior Tchamadeu, Colchester United. Jacob Wakeling from Swindon Town is also nominated.

On the night, the EFL Teams of Season will be announced. Each division will have a starting XI. The public will vote for the EFL Goal award on ITV, and it will be announced on the night.

The EFL will present the EFL Club Employee, EFL Innovation and Green Club awards for 2023.

On the night, the League’s most prestigious awards, Sir Tom Finney Award and Contribution to League Football, will be presented.

The Board of the EFL presents the annual Contribution to League football award to an individual who has contributed a lifetime to professional league football. Last year’s recipient was Ben Robinson MBE DL, Burton Albion Chairman. Previous winners include John Rudge OBE and John Motson OBE.

The Sir Tom Finney Award is presented to those who have made a remarkable career and made an exceptional contribution to the EFL. Previous winners include Rickie Lambert, Jobi McAnuff, and Kevin Phillips.


EFL Championship Manager of the Season, Sponsored by Football Manager

Vincent Kompany – Burnley
Mark Robins – Coventry City
Michael Carrick – Middlesbrough

EFL League One Manager of the Season, Sponsored by Football Manager

Kieran McKenna – Ipswich Town
Steven Schumacher – Plymouth Argyle
Darren Moore – Sheffield Wednesday

EFL League Two Manager of the Season, Sponsored by Football Manager

Paul Simpson – Carlisle United
Richie Wellens – Leyton Orient
Steve Evans – Stevenage

EFL Championship Player of the Season, Sponsored by Sky Bet

Josh Brownhill – Burnley
Viktor Gyökeres – Coventry City
Chuba Akpom – Middlesbrough

EFL League One Player of the Season, Sponsored by Sky Bet

Aaron Collins – Bristol Rovers
Jonson Clarke-Harris – Peterborough United
Barry Bannan – Sheffield Wednesday 

EFL League Two Player of the Season, Sponsored by Sky Bet

Andy Cook – Bradford City
Sam Hoskins – Northampton Town
Carl Piergianni – Stevenage

EFL Championship Young Player of the Season, Sponsored by EA Sports 

Alex Scott – Bristol City
Hayden Hackney – Middlesbrough
Amad Diallo – Sunderland AFC

EFL League One Young Player of the Season, Sponsored by EA Sports 

Jes Rak-Sakyi – Charlton Athletic
Cameron Humphreys – Ipswich Town
Bali Mumba – Plymouth Argyle

EFL League Two Young Player of the Season, Sponsored by EA Sports 

Junior Tchamadeu – Colchester United
Jayden Sweeney – Leyton Orient
Jacob Wakeling – Swindon Town

EFL Championship Apprentice of the Season, Sponsored by LFE

Ash Phillips – Blackburn Rovers
Jamie Knight-Lebel – Bristol City
Emre Tezgel – Stoke City

EFL League One Apprentice of the Season, Sponsored by LFE 

Fábio Jaló – Barnsley
Zach Mitchell – Charlton Athletic
Gatlin O’Donkor – Oxford United

EFL League Two Apprentice of the Season, Sponsored by LFE 

Matúš Holíček – Crewe Alexandra
Emmanuel Ilesanmi – Harrogate Town
Josh Tomlinson – Northampton Town

EFL Teams of the Season 

To be announced on the night. 

EFL Club Employee Award

John Clarke – Burton Albion
Jerry Tocknell – Bristol City
Abdul Khalique – Portsmouth

EFL Fan Engagement Award

Bolton Wanderers
Lincoln City

EFL Diversity Award

Bolton Wanderers 

EFL Innovation Award, Sponsored by CSM Live

Norwich City

EFL Green Club Award

Bristol City
Northampton Town

EFL Supporter of the Season 

Les Miller – Luton Town
Diane Blazier – Norwich City
Paula Martin – Reading

Sir Tom Finney Award

To be announced on the night

Contribution to League Football 

To be announced on the night 

2022/23 Goal of the Season, Sponsored by Hawkeye 

To be announced on the night. 

SEE MORE: EFL Awards 2022: The Winners List

As mentioned, the EFL Awards 2023 shortlists are revealed with it causing debate amongst fans on social media…

@JackBFC03: McKenna has got a team that should be winning the league, which they may still do, after spending millions. Duff has spent like £20,000 on transfers this season and is only 4 points behind 🤷🏻‍♂️

@OldManWinter999: How the hell have James Trafford and Connor Bradley not been nominated for League 1 young player of the season?

@bwfc_elliot: We all saw how Conor bradley ripped mumba to shreds at Wembley and he got hooked for it on 70 minutes. I got Plymouth fans to admit Bradley is better and yet mumba is nominated

@craig99mac: Does Iliman Ndiaye play snooker or something now then? 🤷🏻‍♂️

@AndyRobbins3: No Michael Duff. Is the panel on glue? A clueless disgusting oversight. Pathetic

@Alex_Red_87: Is this a fuckinh joke? Duff has carried a team in big trouble with a shit team with fuck all money to 4th in the league and 5 points of first. But yes of course let’s include McKenna who ha spent millions to be third with a class squad

@sealteamsix22: No Duff? Utter fucking joke

@twhitter1887: The @EFL have become a parody of themselves. Not fit for purpose.

@sykesy1983: 3 manager of the month awards in the 22/23 season and not even shortlisted.. #Barnsleyfc could still get automatic promotion on a shoestring budget #shambles #EFL #EFLAwards2023 @EFL @BarnsleyFC

@FletchRadio: I know all clubs fans will have a player to add to this. But genuinely stunned iliman ndiaye isn’t in the running for player of the year. About the only player in the division who is capable of ending up at a Barca / Real Madrid / PSG type club. Odd.

@mh_bfc: No Duff in this 🥴

@SuperPigde: Yeah proves EFL have a vendetta against #dcfc #FuckTheEFL

@SteveBloomerPod: No nomination for Didzy for League One player of the year, despite 18 goals and the best strike rate in the division by far. 🤷‍♂️

@blando98: Paul Simpson getting the recognition he deserves👏🏻👏🏻 #cufc

@TH1912__: Rob Edwards been shafted

@Jamie_derby99: Kolo Touré robbed

@bwarner6690: Just happy Robins has been given the nomination. Kompany most likely to win it, think if Gyokeres finishes with 20+ goals and 10+ assists he cud get player if not probably Chuba. Surprised Luton manager not been given any props #PUSB

@SAFCTC: Would’ve had Edwards over Robins tbh

@JCowsey: People saying Edwards. He took over 3 months into the season, after being sacked at another champ club, hasn’t built that Luton side – just kept it on track. To say he’s done better than Robins is comical

@Adam_Clarke2002: Who picks these awards 😂 I love Browny but he’s not even been out best midfielder, the fact Cullen won’t win this is ridiculous to anyone that knows anything about football 🤣 If Browny wins POTS I will be astonished 😂

Josh Brownhill’s not even in Burnley’s top 4 players this season. What an absolute farce.
Josh Cullen
Jordan Beyer
Nathan Tella
Ian Maatsen

@_SUFCMatty_: No Sheffield United nominees is crazy

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