Thursday, 5 September 2013

Has Eddie Howe got room for more awards?

Every body at Nottingham Forest seemed to be on Twitter this morning complaining that Eddie Howe had been named among the candidates for manager of the month for the Championship. I had to laugh, because their manager had not been selected as a possible winner despite Billy Davies having only lost one game this season against Wigan Athletic. 

When you see that Eddie Howe has seen his team thumped 6:1 and 5:1 as well as a 2:0 defeat in the cup, you may say oh! They have a point. But know one except SKYBet had a look at the disciplinary records of managers as well as performances. With Davies up on a charge for his comments to the referee after the Wigan game I suggest that he had blown his chance of picking up any managerial award for August.

The thing about Eddie Howe is that he has shown that he can bring his team back from a big set back. He has done it not once, but twice in the last month already. Is that not something that good managers can do? It's not just about winning every game or scoring a bucket load of goals against the opposition. Well such things obviously help, but man management and doing well in times of adversity are something that should be considered when giving out these gongs.

AFCB are sixth in the Championship and considering they are one of the promoted teams you can say that they excelled last month. Doncaster and Yeovil did not do as well in terms of points, even if they did not suffer the big defeats that were handed out to AFCB.

If Eddie doesn't pick up the award on Friday for August's Championship Manager of the month, we still know that he is the best and it is a real pleasure just to witness how good he is at his job. Much of the credit for the team's performance though will also be down to Jason Tindall, the physios, Neil Moss and other backroom staff. Eddie will be the first to say that. 

Eddie might not have much more room on left on the shelf for such trophies at his home, but we don't mind if he fills the trophy cabinet in the club shop at Dean Court. Good luck Eddie. 

The other candidates are Paul Ince of Blackpool, Harry Redknapp of QPR and Sean Dyche of Burnley.


  1. Played billiards with Eddie at my Villa in Ingoldmells. Smashing chap with a very relaxed cue action

    Old Jom