08 Oct 2018
LMA MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS - SEPTEMBER 2018
Bristol City Women Manager Tanya Oxtoby and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies Manager Karen Hills become the League Manager Association's inaugural winners of The FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Month and The FA Women's Championship Manager of the Month awards for September 2018, respectively.
The FA Women's Super League winner Oxtoby's tenure started with difficult away fixtures against Brighton and Hove Albion and last season's undefeated champions Chelsea, as well as a tough home match against Manchester City. However, under Oxtoby’s guidance, Bristol City gained five points in three impressive performances.
On receiving her trophy from Thomas Lyte, Oxtoby said: “Firstly, I would like to say that it is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank the LMA panel for recognising our performances as group over the last month in what has been a really difficult start to the season with the calibre of opposition we have faced, but we have come through those tests stronger as a group and we are looking forward to the new challenges ahead.
"Receiving this award is down to the collective effort of the group here at Bristol City Women, everyone works exceptionally hard for one another and I’m excited to see how much further we can develop with the level of talent we have got."
In The FA Women’s Championship, the League Managers Association titled Tottenham Hotspur Ladies manager Karen Hills as Manager of the Month.
Hills’ side finished the month in second place with a game in hand, having won all three of their fixtures in September. Their 100% start to the season included victories over London Bees, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
Hills was quick to praise her staff and players upon receiving her Thomas Lyte trophy: “I feel completely honoured and proud. I think it goes to show just how far we’ve come and credit to the staff and the players because it wouldn’t have been possible for me to stand here and collect this award without them, so I collect this on behalf of everyone at Spurs Ladies.
“The girls have been doing a really good job and working exceptionally hard and we’ll continue working in every single training session and every time we come in. The girls are going to work in the day and coming here in the evening and putting in a fantastic shift. We’re all enjoying this experience and we’re all enjoying this journey. There’s still a long, long way to go but this month has been fantastic.”
The panel for these monthly awards comprises 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).
Chair of the League Managers Association panel Marieanne Spacey-Cale said: “An entertaining and very competitive start to the Women’s season has seen a number of strong performances across both leagues.
“Tanya Oxtoby has stepped into her role, later than most, and set her team up to take points off two of the season’s favourites for silverware. A fantastic start for her and her players.
“Meanwhile, Karen Hills has shown how important her experience of the league is, knowing how to get results in tight matches with three wins in three highly competitive games.”
Each winning manager will receive a crystal trophy courtesy of Thomas Lyte, appointed a Royal Warrant as goldsmiths and silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen.