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Bayer wins LMA manager of the month

London City Lionesses Head of Player Development John Bayer has been awarded The FA Women’s Championship Manager of the Month trophy for October by the LMA Panel.

The Lionesses were the only team in the FA Women's Championship to earn six points in October, as the team delivered consistency amidst a change in management with victories over Coventry United and Lewes.

Receiving the Manager of the Month trophy on behalf of all the coaching staff at London City Lionesses, Head of Player Development John Bayer said: "Football is a team game and we have a really great team here.

"Head Coach James Marrs, Head of Strength & Conditioning Ali Monajati and Goalkeeping Coach Mick Strain, plus our medical and sports science staff, have all contributed to this award.

LMA award Oct: London City Lionesses’ head of player development John Bayer (centre) accepts the LMA Championship manager of the month, with head of strength and conditioning Ali Monajati (left) and head coach James Marrs (Picture: London City Lionesses FC).

"But my special thanks go to the players, a committed and talented group who are a pleasure to work with."

Chair of the League Managers Association panel Marieanne Spacey-Cale MBE said: "John and his coaching staff steadied the ship in a difficult month to guide London City Lionesses into second place in the league.

“Two important results against Coventry United and Lewes will give the players confidence that they can continue their form on the pitch and mount a title challenge."

The LMA panel for the monthly awards involves three highly experienced individuals with specialist knowledge of the women’s game and football management, including Marieanne Spacey-Cale MBE

(LMA Member and Southampton FC Head of Girls and Women’s Football/Head Coach), Jen O’Neill (Editor of She Kicks - women's football magazine) and Alan Curbishley (LMA Board Member and LMA Manager of the Year 1999/2000).

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