After watching her Brighton & Hove Albion side unexpectedly defeat Chelsea 2-1 at Kingsmeadow last Sunday, Hope Powell has become the first-ever female winner of the League Managers’ Association Performance of the Week award.
After two frustrating losses against Manchester City and the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s bottom side Bristol City, Powell had told FAWSL Full-Time that her Brighton & Hove Albion side had hit a ‘brick wall’. The Seagulls were well and truly written off ahead of their fixture against Emma Hayes’ Chelsea, a side who were 33 league games unbeaten. Albion stunned The Blues, ending their proud run in dramatic fashion.
This is the first season in which Barclays FA Women’s Super League performances have been considered for a League Managers’ Association Performance of the Week award. The panel which included the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Dave Bassett and Rachel Yankey concluded that Albion boss Powell was a deserving winner, after leading The Seagulls to that masterful 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea.
In response to winning the coveted LMA award Powell said “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of myself, the backroom staff and the players.
“To beat a team as strong as Chelsea was down to hard work, organisation and team spirit and it’s nice that our achievement has been recognised by such an experienced panel of judges from the LMA.”
Since beating Chelsea last weekend, Powell has since guided her side to another victory over West Ham United on Wednesday night. Albion now look likely to be a Barclays FA Women’s Super League side again in 2021/2022.