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Newcastle make it 15 Premier League Manager of the Month awards – Only 4 clubs have more

5 months ago
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Pep Guardiola will face the reigning Premier League Manager of the Month tonight.

Manchester City became league champions this week and will create a new PL record of 12 away wins in a row, if victorious at St James Park,

However, they are up against Premier League Manager of the Month Steve Bruce, who has led Newcastle to two wins in the last eleven NUFC PL home matches and five victories (home and away) in the last 26 games (all competitions).

One of those two / five wins was the 3-2 over West Ham, Newcastle also beating Burnley at Turf Moor, then with draws against Spurs and Liverpool it meant eight points in April. Two points less than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Bruce still winning the April award.

The first time a Newcastle United boss has won one in 29 months, since Rafa Benitez was the November 2018 Premier League Manager of the Month.

It was the seventh time the Spaniard had picked up the award, five at Liverpool and once each at Chelsea and Newcastle.

A very tough start to that 2018/19 season, mostly to do with a summer where Mike Ashley had put as many obstacles in the way of the manager’s preparations (insisting on a £20m+ profit on transfer deals and only signing his top target Rondon very late etc etc).

Rafa bounced back with that November 2018 award, guiding his side to three wins from three in November 2018, with victories over Watford, AFC Bournemouth and Burnley lifting United up the table.

Bruce’s award is the 15th time (see stats below) that a Newcastle United manager had picked up a Premier League Manager of the Month award. Steve Bruce picking up his first ever Premier League Manager of the Month award, after 23 years as a manager.

Managers with most Premier League Manager of the month awards:

27 Alex Ferguson

15 Arsene Wenger

10 David Moyes

9 Pep Guardiola

8 Martin O’Neill, Harry Redknapp, Jurgen Klopp

7 Rafa Benitez

6 Sam Allardyce, Sir Bobby Robson

5 Kevin Keegan, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti

Most Premier League Manager of the month awards by club:

28 Man Utd

21 Liverpool

19 Man City

16 Chelsea

15 Newcastle United

15 Arsenal

Quite amazing really that now only four clubs have won more Premier League manager of the month awards than Newcastle United.

All of the other clubs in the top six most MOTM award winners have won the Premier League title and indeed Arsenal spent something like 20 seasons in a row in the top four under Arsene Wenger.

Chelsea with a similar profile to Arsenal and yet they have won only one more PL MOTM award than Newcastle United.

Newcastle bosses to have won Premier League Manager of the month awards:

6 Sir Bobby Robson

Feb 2000, Aug 2000, Dec 2001, Feb 2002, Jan 2003, Oct 2003

5 Kevin Keegan

Nov 1993, Aug 1994, Feb 1995, Aug 1995, Sept 1995

2 Alan Pardew

Nov 2013, Nov 2014

1 Rafa Benitez

Nov 2018

1 Steve Bruce

April 2021

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