The Premier League Manager of the Month is an association football award recognising the best Premier League manager each month of the season.
The award was first issued in September 1993, for the month of August that was won by Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United.
Over the years, the award has been issued not just to managers with the best win percentage of the month, but also to lower-positioned managers who strive to secure relegation safety.
The award has been shared on one occasion, in March 2002, when Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier was jointly awarded Manager of the Month with caretaker manager Phil Thompson, who had deputised while Houllier was absent for medical reasons.
=4. Martin O’Neill – 8 times
Recently sacked by Sunderland, Martin O’Neill won the award eight times with Leicester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland. His most recent was in December 2011, in his first month in charge of the club. His most successful period was during his spell with Aston Villa between August 2006 and August 2010, when he won the award four times by consistently leading the team to top ten finishes. O’Neill also had a great record in Scotland, where he won the SPL Manager of the Month on nine occasions.
=4. Harry Redknapp – 8 times
Harry Redknapp is in his sixth spell as a Premier League club manager but in his previous five with West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Portsmouth again and Tottenham, he has won the Manager of the Month Award eight times. Redknapp has a decent track record, with his best period between 2008 and 2012 as manager of Tottenham, where he won the award three times. In 2009-2010, Redknapp guided Tottenham to fourth place on the log, earning him the Manager of the Season award.
3. David Moyes – 10 times
Over the past few years, David Moyes has been highly regarded as one of the best managers of the modern era. With a restricted budget, Moyes has been able to get the best out of his players, leading the Merseyside club to respective finishes. Since joining Everton in 2002, he has become part of their folklore, and won the League Managers Association Manager of the Year on three occasions. From the threat of relegation, Moyes has transformed Everton into an English powerhouse again, and now are the leading club in Merseyside.
2. Arsene Wenger – 12 times
Although Wenger hasn’t won a major trophy since 2005, he is still regarded as one of the best managers in the world. He’s spent his entire Premier League career as manager of Arsenal, leading them to three league titles. On those three occasions, Wenger was named manager of the season, the most recent in 2004 with his invincible side that went 49 games unbeaten. Although he is undergoing a trophy drought, Wenger’s team has always been consistent, finishing in the top four in every season since 1997.
1. Sir Alex Ferguson – 27 times
There is no suspense that the greatest manager in the world would be on top of this list, with 27 Manager of the Month awards. His record is unbelievable, with 12 Premier League titles and ten Manager of the Season awards, there is not much more left to be desired. He is the longest-serving manager in the league, having been there since its inception and has a proud record with Manchester United, and has forever stood by his promise of knocking Liverpool off their perch.
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