10 Dec 2021


Crystal Palace Manager Dean Davenport has been awarded The FA Women’s Championship Manager of the Month trophy for November by the LMA Panel.

Davenport's team climbed six places in the FA Women's Championship in November, following three consecutive wins over Durham, Charlton and Blackburn. This run of form leaves Crystal Palace in third place, five points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Upon receiving the Manager of the Month trophy Davenport said: “Firstly I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the LMA for being voted. I'm privileged to accept this award on behalf of all the staff at CPFC Women. It’s important to me that everybody gets the recognition for all the hard work put in on and off the pitch.  

"Everything we achieve is as a group and is a big team effort, the preparation and information for games by the coaching staff, the players, all the way to the day to day running of the club by the General Manager. It takes a lot of effort so as a group its imperative everybody supports everybody. 

"Big credit must of course go to the players who have performed fantastically well week in and week out to give ourselves the opportunity to be in the position we are at present. The confidence is up, and the current performances are a credit to them.

"We are all experienced to know football can change very quickly so it's important we remain consistent with our work ethic to help maintain our progression."

Chair of the League Managers Association panel Marieanne Spacey-Cale MBE added: "Dean has organised his team really well this season and made them a difficult side to beat. In recent weeks, they've found the edge required to win games consistently and the resulting climb up the table reflects their competitiveness in the league. Most notably, their 3-1 win against Durham, who were league leaders at the time, shows how far this squad has come.”

The LMA panel for the monthly awards involves three highly experienced individuals with specialist knowledge of the women’s game and football management, including Marieanne Spacey-Cale MBE (LMA Member and Southampton FC Head of Girls and Women’s Football/Head Coach), 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).