Powell makes history with LMA award

Albion head coach selected for top accolade after stunning win over Chelsea.

By Bruce Talbot • 12 February 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Hope Powell stands with her entire backroom staff, after Albion won the LMA Performance of the Week award.

Hope Powell has made history by becoming the first-ever female winner of the League Managers' Association Performance of the Week for last Sunday's 2-1 win over Chelsea.

The League Managers Association’s panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett, Barry Fry Paul Ince and Rachel Yankey, selected Hope after Albion ended Chelsea's 33-game unbeaten record in the Barclays FA Women's Super League, which stretched back two years, thanks to goals from Aileen Whelan and Megan Connolly.

The experienced and highly distinguished LMA panel has managed a combined total of over 6500 competitive matches in professional football. It is the first season where WSL performances have been considered.

By Paul Hazlewood
Hope Powell, with assistant boss Amy Merricks.

She said, “I am delighted to accept this reward 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.

“It was a real team effort. We regrouped after some disappointing results and the attitude and effort from everyone was fantastic. And it was really pleasing that we followed it up with another win on Wednesday against West Ham.”

Hope will receive a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and an LMA Performance of the Week trophy.

The award marks the second Albion have received in the last week, with Graham Potter winning the accolade after his team's 1-0 win at Anfield.

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion now head into the international break with back-to-back WSL wins.