Newcastle fans spoilt for choice with November Player/Manager of the month nominations
The shortlists for the November Manager and Player of the month awards have been announced and Newcastle fans are spoilt for choice.
When it comes to the Manager award, Steve McClaren looks to be hot favourite with three wins out of three, Sky Sports describing him as bringing the ‘swagger’ back to Derby County.
At Newcastle it was more a case of the team/club staggering under Mr Tufty.
Plastic Geordie Steve Bruce is also on the list with seven points from nine, having allegedly ‘renewed the bond between players and fans’.
Meanwhile Owen Coyle appears to have been included almost exclusively on the back of beating Newcastle, Blackburn only picking up six points from nine.
Jaap Stam is probably the most deserving as his team won all three matches and scored eight goals, only conceding one. He is really doing a cracking job on limited resources at Reading, they are currently third in the table, six points behind Newcastle.
If you look further down, you will see our newly found friend from Friday night…
November Manager of the Month nominations
Steve McClaren (Derby County) – Nine points from nine
‘McClaren has reaped the rewards of a stunning month by making the list with the phrase ‘never go back’ clearly meaning nothing to the former England boss.
‘McClaren has breezed back into Derby with a swagger that his team has adopted, picking up nine points from a possible nine in the month.’
Jaap Stam (Reading) – Nine points from nine
Steve Bruce (Aston Villa) – Seven points from nine
‘Bruce has not only infused his new charges at Aston Villa with confidence, he has renewed the bond between players and fans. He led the team into the top half of the table with seven points from three games.’
Owen Coyle (Blackburn Rovers) Six points from six
‘Coyle has steered Blackburn out of the drop zone with victory over Brentford and then ended leaders Newcastle’s unbeaten run to prove that his public confidence in his playing squad was well placed.’
November Player of the Month nominations
Tom Ince (Derby County)
Steve Sidwell (Brighton)
Tomasz Kuszczak (Birmingham City)
Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest)
‘Lansbury can reflect on a dazzling month, excelling particularly in the 5-2 win at Barnsley with the first hat-trick of his career.’
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