11 Mar 2019
LMA MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS - FEBRUARY 2019
The LMA has awarded Brighton and Hove Albion Women's Manager Hope Powell The FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Month trophy for February 2019.
Powell's Brighton and Hove Albion earned four points from six available, with a goalless draw against Bristol City followed by an impressive 2-1 victory over a strong Birmingham City team.
On receiving the trophy from Thomas Lyte, Powell said: “I’m very pleased, and I’d like to thank the panel for voting for me. I’d also like to thank the players, without whom this wouldn’t be possible, and the staff too, who have been tremendous.
“There were some massive points gained in February, and the win against Birmingham was probably our biggest of the season so far. It has given us a lot more confidence going into our next game. It was a very pleasing month.”
Chair of the League Managers Association panel Marieanne Spacey-Cale said: “Whilst Hope and her squad have taken their time adjusting to the WSL, the two positive results in February highlighted Hope’s belief in her squad and how time is required, to build that belief and the playing philosophy of how Hope wants her players to play.
“These two results can be a strong platform for Hope to continue to build consistency of performances for the rest of the season with her players.”
Meanwhile in The FA Women’s Championship, the League Managers Association announced that title-chasing Casey Stoney and her Manchester United Women team were awarded the trophy for February.
11 goals scored and two clean sheets against Leicester City and Sheffield United meant that Manchester United remained in control of their own league position moving into March. They ended February five points behind Tottenham Hotspur but with two games in hand.
Upon receiving her second Thomas Lyte trophy of 2018/19, Casey said: “A huge thank you to the LMA panel for this award, it’s very much for the staff and players here who make a massive contribution to make sure we can get results on the pitch so thank you very much.”
“If I could put everyone’s name on it I would because everyone contributes. I have got fantastic staff, I am at a fantastic club and I have got 21 great players, when you put all that into the mix, you know you are going to do well.”
On Manchester United's achievements, Chair of the LMA panel Spacey-Cale said: “The Women’s Championship title race will be close fought and Casey will be delighted with the clinical nature of the squad’s away performances in February, which have maintained their push for the title.
“Having started February in 4th position and ended the month in 2nd, Casey will be pleased with the continued focus of her players to perform consistently and she can build on this until the end of the season.”
The LMA panel for the monthly awards involves four highly experienced individuals with specialist knowledge of the women’s game and football management, including Marieanne Spacey-Cale (LMA Member and Southampton FC Head of Girls and Women’s Football/Head Coach), Alex Scott (Ex-England International and football broadcaster), Jen O’Neill (Editor of She Kicks - women's football magazine) and Alan Curbishley (LMA Board Member and LMA Manager of the Year 1999/2000).
Each winning manager receives a crystal trophy courtesy of Thomas Lyte, appointed a Royal Warrant as goldsmiths and silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen.