08 Apr 2019
LMA MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS - MARCH 2019
The LMA has awarded Arsenal Women's Manager Joe Montemurro
his second The FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Month trophy of the
season, following Arsenal's perfect record in March.
Montemurro and his Arsenal squad took control of their WSL title challenge with three wins against Bristol City, Liverpool and Birmingham City, boosting their goal difference by scoring 10 goals and conceding only once.
On receiving the trophy from Thomas Lyte, Montemurro said: “A successful March was always going to be critical to achieving our goals for the season.
"I'd like to recognise the commitment and dedication of the players and the staff who share in this award. Thank you to all involved."
Chair of the League Managers Association panel Marieanne Spacey-Cale said: “This season's title race is wide open with Arsenal and Manchester City both pushing each other towards an exciting run-in.
“Joe's squad has taken the advantage with three excellent performances in March. Despite injuries to key players, the team has hit form at the perfect time and will be full of confidence going into the final weeks of the season."
The FA Women’s Championship, the League Managers Association has presented
the March Manager of the Month award to Sheffield United manager Carla Ward.
Ward and her team earned the maximum nine points, with victories over Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, moving Sheffield United into 5th place in The FA Women's Championship.
Upon receiving her Thomas Lyte trophy, Ward said: "A few months ago, we set targets as to what we wanted to achieve in the final games of the season. To get nine points from nine has been excellent, and it’s a credit to the group because they've been outstanding.
“I’m delighted to collect the award on behalf of the squad and the whole club - it is a team effort. Hopefully we can take our March form into the remainder of the campaign.”
On Sheffield United's performance during March, Chair of the LMA panel Spacey-Cale said: “Sheffield United's perfect month included two difficult away wins, most notably defeating title-challengers Tottenham Hotspur.
“If they continue to improve in this manner they have a great chance of finishing the season strongly, in the top half of the league."
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.