10 May 2019
LMA MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS - APRIL 2019
The LMA has awarded Birmingham City Women's Manager Marta Tejedor with The FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Month trophy, following Birmingham's outstanding performances in April.
Tejedor and her Birmingham City team secured three wins against Everton, West Ham and Liverpool, to keep their hopes of a WSL top three finish alive.
On receiving the trophy from Thomas Lyte, Tejedor said: “In a team sport, receiving an individual award is not always fair. So for me, this is not my award, it’s our team’s award because of the job we have done this month.
“You always want to go on your holidays with a big smile and we also have to think of our summer recruitment, so if players see we are finishing the season strongly, they may be tempted to join us next season.”
Chair of the League Managers Association panel Marieanne Spacey-Cale said: “Birmingham's away record this season has been very impressive, and this continued throughout April with important wins at West Ham and Everton. They rounded their month off brilliantly with a convincing 2-0 win against Liverpool, to give themselves a chance of competing with Chelsea for third place.
"Marta deserves full credit for the way in which her Birmingham City squad has finished the season so strongly. It's clear that she has adapted quickly to the WSL and will be looking forward to taking this momentum into the final game against Yeovil and into next season."
In The FA Women’s Championship, the League Managers Association has presented the April Manager of the Month award to Manchester United manager Casey Stoney.
This award is Stoney's third Manager of the Month trophy of her debut season as a manager.
Manchester United secured The FA Women's Championship title with three emphatic victories in April, scoring 17 goals without reply, as they defeated Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Millwall.
Upon receiving her third Thomas Lyte trophy, Stoney said: "Thank you to the LMA, this is the third time we’ve won now, and I say ‘we’ because it’s a collective effort from my staff and I really credit them when I win things like this because they are my rock. They make sure that I can do the job that I do and I’m supported by them every day so this is definitely for them.”
On Manchester United's performances during April, Chair of the LMA panel Spacey-Cale said: “Casey and her Manchester United squad sent a message to the WSL with three clinical performances in April. Most will look at the number of goals scored, but equal credit must go to the defence for keeping three clean sheets.
“Congratulations to Casey and her team for achieving promotion and winning the Championship title. The next 12 months will pose a different challenge for the young squad, but they can be proud of their efforts this year and look forward to top-flight football next 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.