If it was the men themselves who picked the divisional managers of the year, it is highly unlikely the boss of the champions would come out on top each season.
They know better than anyone that the real heroes are the managers who overcome modest, even shoestring budgets, basic training facilities, day trips instead of overnight stays and the constant need to sell their best players to keep their clubs afloat.
For some, a place in the middle of the table is an achievement which would be beyond many Premier League big shots. For others, just avoiding relegation is something to be proud of.
Last season, for instance, Crewe's Steve Davis brought his young team from so far back they were almost out of sight to win the League Two play-off final. He was on money which would keep most top-flight managers in their beds, and on a rolling three-month contract to boot.
By all the laws of support and resources Crewe, Cheltenham Town, who they beat at Wembley, and Torquay United, who lost to Cheltenham in the semi-finals, should hardly have been there.
Yet even Davis, the Robins' Mark Yates and the Gulls' Martin Ling would, setting modesty aside, almost certainly go elsewhere for their manager of the season.
And it wouldn't be the worst bet you ever made to stick it on John Still.
There will be quite a few Torquay fans who were at Underhill in May 2001.
The place was not nearly big enough to take all the people who wanted to see Barnet and Torquay fight out that last-day lose-and-you-are-down battle at the bottom of the Football League.
Some locked-out fans clung to treetops overlooking the sloping pitch.
At the final whistle, when Torquay had won 3-2 and sent his Bees down to the Conference, Still gazed out at the raucous celebrations of United supporters like a man who had no idea what the next hour held, let alone the next day.
He had done a damn good job there, in the circumstances.
But Still is made of stern stuff, and 12 years on he is performing another minor miracle at Dagenham and Redbridge, and has been for several seasons now.
Each year plenty of people who should know better tip them to go down. And each year Still plucks another couple of rough diamonds from some pennies-and-a-pint league in deepest Essex, polishes them up and then flogs them after they have done the job he signed them for.
The Daggers – any gate above 2,000 is a real result – went eight games without a win at the start of this season. Some of those so-called experts must have given it the old "told-you-so".
Not any more, they're not. Still's pacy young team have upset much bigger hitters like Oxford United, Rotherham United (5-0) and Fleetwood Town in recent weeks, and are now in mid-table.
Of course, most of us hope that Torquay beat them at Plainmoor today. But let us hope that John Still also keeps Dagenham safe and secure.
If he does it, give him that manager of the year gong for once. Nobody will have deserved it more.