Crystal Palace are celebrating a double reward for a great September as Football League sponsors npower are proud to reveal the prizes for both the npower Championship Manager and Player of the Month Awards are heading to Selhurst Park.
With four wins and a draw, the Manager of the Month award goes to Dougie Freedman, whose Crystal Palace side topped the form charts for September and now look well set to contend for a play-off position this season. A driving force behind this fine run was the clinical form of Glenn Murray. The ex-Rochdale striker bagged six goals in September, three from the penalty spot, and is a deserving winner of the Player of the Month award.
The two awards are determined by two separate expert panels. The Manager of the Month award is decided by former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, League Managers Association Deputy CEO Olaf Dixon and npower Sponsorship Manager Emma Collins. The Player of the Month panel sees Emma Collins joined by Wolves legend Don Goodman, BBC Sport’s Mark Clemmit and The Football League’s Head of Communications, John Nagle.
Dougie said: "He said: "It's a great personal achievement for myself as there have been some fantastic managers over the past few months picking it up but a lot of credit has got to go to the whole club. We've come together after a very difficult start to the season, and regrouped and got a few players in the door and since then the results have turned. We've had a great month with a lot of wins and positive performances so I'm very happy.
"I'm the leader of the club and it's me that picks up the awards but not necessarily myself who does all the hard work, the players have put in a lot of effort on the training ground and they're reaping the rewards from that. I like to see this as a reward for the club although I pick it up.
"To go to Bolton away and beat Cardiff at home are very positive results for us as I believe these teams will be right at the top come the end of the season so it just shows you how far we have come as a club. This group of players certainly have a lot more belief in themselves following these results."
On his award, Glenn said: "I'm really pleased, obviously we've had a really great month as a team so it's very nice to be awarded. The highlight of the month for me would be scoring the winner against Bolton, even though it was a penalty it was an important goal for us."
Dougie added: "It's good for Glenn and he fully deserves it. As an ex-centre forward I know it's a very difficult job he does. He's led the line well and played very smart and he's been working on his game a lot at the training ground so he fully deserves all the credit he gets right now."
(Watch the full interviews on Palace Player later today.)
Speaking about Dougie Freedman’s win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented:
“This award completes a fantastic month for Dougie with Palace remaining unbeaten and recording notable wins at home to Cardiff and away at Bolton. It’s a great start to the season and I can see them occupying a place in and around the play-off positions at the end of the season.”
Commenting from npower, Sponsorship Manager Emma Collins added:
“It’s great to see a young manager doing so well, so we’re delighted to be giving the npower Football League Championship Manager of the Month award to Dougie. Crystal Palace’s form in September was the best in the league, so it was one of our easier decisions.
“On the pitch, Glenn Murray has clearly made a very significant contribution to Crystal Palace’s achievements this month. Six goals in five games is an impressive feat and I’m sure both Dougie and the fans will be hoping he can keep it up!”
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