English Premier League which is one of the most popular league football competition based on the United Kingdom and it was founded in 1992. Nowadays, any football lovers are quite familiar with the name of Premier League no doubt and the league season is also the most watched football competition as well. Our today’s topic is to find out English Premier League manager of the month so far. Basically, Premier League manager of the month is a reputed award which used to be given to the best manager of the month in each month of the Premier League season. The way to find out is the vote of the public through the online and also there are expert panels as well.
However, at the beginning when Premier League was founded in 1992, the award was called as Carling Premiership Manager of the Month till 2001. From 2001 to 2004, the award name changed to Barclaycard Premiership Manager of the Month and since then the award is known as Barclays Manager of the Month so far.
If we consider the Manager of the Month award since the beginning of the Premier League competition, former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson got the award highest twenty-seven times which is a record. Besides, there are a number of managers who won it more than once. However, there are fourteen managers in Premier League who won Manager of the Month awards in consecutive months. They are Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Roy Evans, Arsene Wenger, Alex Ferguson, David O’Leary, Paul Jewell, Stuart Pearce, Rafael Benítez, Manuel Pellegrini, Carlo Ancelotti, Claudio Ranieri, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte.
Pep Guardiola who is the current manager of Manchester City and he is the only manager in EPL history to have won Manager of the Month award highest four consecutive months so far. Besides, in March 2002, the award of Manager of the Month has been shared when the Reds manager Gerard Houllier was jointly awarded with Phil Thompson who was the caretaker manager.
So, let’s take a look below where we are presenting the list of English Premier League Manager of the Month 2018/19.
English Premier League Manager of the Month 2018/19
|3.||2018||October||Eddie Howe||AFC Bournemouth||England|
August 2018 – Javi Gracia (Watford)
Javi Gracia is a retired professional football player in Spain and now, he is spending his teaching career. He managed a number of teams and now, he is spending his managerial career with English Premier League club, Watford. However, the Spanish man is currently 48 years old and in 2004 he finished his professional career as a player and in the same year, he started his managerial career. He joined Watford in 21st January 2018 and the contract is for the next 18 months. Javi Gracia was named as the Premier League Manager of the Month in August 2018. It is a prestigious award for the manager and he was selected by the vote along with expert panels review.
Gracia started his coaching career in 2004 with the youth club of Villarreal and stayed there till 2005. In 2007 he joined with Pontevedra. However, he yet to spend quite a long career as a manager but hopefully, after getting the award as the Manager of the Month, he would get a long career ahead with Premier League Club Watford. After he took control of Watford, his team played 29 matches already and won 11 times so far and faced defeat 12 times. The match-winning percentage is 37.9.
September 2018 – Nuno (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Nuno or Nuno Herlander Simoes Espirito Santo is a retired Portuguese professional football player and he played as the goalkeeper. However, he is commonly known as Nuno and currently 44 years old and passing a very busy time as manager. Nuno started his professional playing career in 1992 and played for a number of clubs. He finished his career while playing with Porto in 2010 though, the Portuguese goalkeeper did not play for Portugal national team. From 2012, he started his coaching career and he started with Rio Ave and stayed with them two seasons. Later, Valencia took him for a season and in 2016, he returned to Porto as a manager. In 2017, English side, Wolverhampton Wanderers made a contract with him for the next three years.
Under the guidance of Nuno, his team Wolverhampton Wanderers or Wolves promoted to the top flight of English league named Premier League and passing quite busy time so far. He is passing quite a good career with his club and after taking control in 31st May 2017, his team played total 66 matches and won 38 times so far. The match-winning percentage is 57.6. The Portuguese man was named as the Premier League Manager of the Month in September 2018.
October 2018 – Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth)
Edward John Frank Howe who is commonly known as Eddie Howe and he is a former English professional football player but did not get the chance to play for England national team. He started his professional career in 1994 with AFC Bournemouth and spent most of his professional career with the club. Howe also played for a couple of more clubs so far. He finished his professional career in 2007 with the same club Bournemouth. Besides, he played for England Under 21 team so far.
After finishing his professional career, now he is managing the team AFC Bournemouth. In 2008, he took control of the club and stayed with the club the next three years. In 2011, Burnley took him for a season and in October 2012, he rejoined his former club Bournemouth as manager. Now he is passing his time as a manager of AFC Bournemouth. On 19th April 2015, the Englishman was announced as the Manager of the Decade at the Football League Awards.
40 years old Eddie Howe was named as the Premier League Manager of the Month in October 2018. However, after he took control of Bournemouth in 12th October 2012 for the 2nd time, his team played total 286 matches. Among them, his team won 126 times and faced defeat 95 times so far. 65 matches ended as the draw. So, the winning percentage is 44.4.
One thing should be added that Eddie Howe was the youngest manager in Football League when he was appointed as the manager of Bournemouth in January 2009.
English Premier League Manager of the Month 2017/18
|1.||2017||August||David Wagner||Huddersfield Town||United States|
|2.||2017||September||Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||Spain|
|3.||2017||October||Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||Spain|
|4.||2017||November||Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||Spain|
|5.||2017||December||Pep Guardiola||Manchester City||Spain|
|6.||2018||January||Eddie Howe||AFC Bournemouth||England|
|7.||2018||February||Chris Hughton||Brighton & Hove Albion||Ireland|
|9.||2018||April||Darren Moore||West Bromwich Albion||Jamaica|
However, if we look at the above-listed table we can see the details of the English Premier League Manager of the Month 2017/18 season. A season of English Premier League started in August in every calendar year and end up in April, following next year. So, it seems that the duration of the EPL season is almost nine months. So, here we also started the season from August 2017 to April 2018.
In the inaugural month of EPL 2017/18 which was August, the USA man David Wagner became the Manager of the Month. He was managing the team Huddersfield Town. In the following next four months, Spanish retired professional football player Pep Guardiola achieved the Manager of the Month awards consecutively.
Later, in January 2018, AFC Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe got the award. In February 2018, Brighton & Hove Albion coach Chris Hughton won the award and in the following next two months, Sean Dyche from Burnley and Darren Moore from West Bromwich Albion were awarded as the Manager of the Month so far.