Gary Bowyer guided Blackpool to League Two promotion in his first season in charge when his side defeated Exeter City in the Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium.
The 44-year-old joined Blackpool after a successful stint at Blackburn Rovers, where he progressed through the academy coaching set up all the way to first-team manager.
His affiliation with Blackburn Rovers first started back in 2004 when he moved from Derby County to oversee the under-18s and nurture the club's academy talents. He later became reserve team manager and led the side to the final of the Premier Reserve League against Chelsea in 2010-11, on the back of winning the Premier Reserve League North title.
Bowyer, a former player with Hereford United, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United, stepped up to take charge of Blackburn Rovers in May 2013 and guided the club to eighth and ninth placed Championship finishes in his first two seasons in charge.
Then came the move to Bloomfield Road in June 2016 and Bowyer enjoyed success from the off, knocking Bolton Wanderers out of the EFL Cup to set up a trip to Premier League side, Crystal Palace.
FA Cup success followed, as Championship side Barnsley were defeated, before attention turned to League Two Play-Offs. Luton Town were beaten 6-5 on aggregate, setting up a trip to Wembley, where Pool completed the job against Exeter.