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Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin has golden touch

Tommy Breslin will soon have to build a bigger mantlepiece at home to accommodate all those prizes coming his way.

The gongs keep arriving for the Cliftonville boss who has been named the Ulster Tatler Sportsperson of the Year.

I wouldn't be surprised if Tommy walked away with the 2014 Miss Northern Ireland title!

Breslin beat off stiff competition from golfer Graeme McDowell, Paralympics gold medal winner Michael McKillop and Ulster Rugby hero Ruan Pienaar to land the prize.

That's a pretty impressive line-up so 'Bressy' had every reason to be smiling like a Cheshire cat.

Mind you, that smile faded when the Reds crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Glenavon.

What Cliftonville achieved last season was remarkable. It took a performance full of character and commitment from Glentoran in the Irish Cup Final to slam the brakes on their treble bid.

The league title and Co-operative Insurance Cup had already been secured.

Tommy is one of the nicest men in the Irish League and he deserves every prize that comes his way.

And don't be surprised if his Reds side goes through the gears as the season continues because he won't tolerate any dropped standards from last year.

The former Cliftonville player must also be a contender for 'Coach of the Year' at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

Will he win it? Don't ask me – have you read my Irish League predictions!

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