Billy Kee praised manager John Coleman as Stanley look to clinch promotion tonight at home to Yeovil.
Striker Kee was crowned Sky Bet League Two Player of the Year and also made the Team of the Year while John Coleman was announced as League Two Manager of the Year and manager of the overall Team of the Season at the EFL Awards in London on Sunday.
The pair were selected as table topping Stanley maintained their 11-point gap from fourth place with Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Exeter.
Stanley need a win to go up tonight but, if Exeter lose to Chesterfield at the same time, John Coleman’s side are promoted to the third tier for the first time in their history.
“John Coleman is a top man,” said 23-goal Kee. “I class him as a friend not a manager. I can’t speak highly enough of him, he is one of a kind.
“He is honest, he tells you what he wants and what he doesn’t want, he will swear at you but he gets the best out of players. He has your back which is what you need.
“He gets players who have almost been written off, like me, Mark Hughes and Scott Brown, and you want to do the best for him, you want to fight for him, as he has believed in you. I wouldn’t be playing football if it wasn’t for John Coleman.”
Kee’s battle with depression has been well-documented and he admits it’s been a ‘whirlwind’ season.
“The gaffer sat us down at the start of the season and said he believed we would get promotion. I must admit, I didn’t but it’s been a couple of years in the making since we missed out two years ago. We have built a team, kept five players from two years ago, and even though we lost good players we have replaced them and that’s great credit to everyone connected with the club.”
Kee knows you can’t take anything for granted as the Glovers will provide a stern test for Stanley.
“Yeovil will want to come here and upset us,” said Kee. “When you look at Saturday’s draw with Exeter, that was a great point, and Yeovil will be tough as they don’t have anything to play for.
“We have to prepare right but we have been doing that all season. We need a result, we need a win and we want to do it for each other and only then we can think about the league title.”
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