Rafa Misses Out On Manager Of The Month

Huddersfield manager David Wagner has been named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for February and he deserves the award for guiding the Terriers in that time to five wins and one draw in the six games played in the Championship.

Rafa Benitez was a finalist, but wasn’t expected to win as Rafa had four wins and three draws in the Championship in our seven games played last month.

David Wagner – Manager of the Month for February

Of course interestingly enough the first game in March was a 3-1 win for Newcastle at Huddersfield last Saturday.

David Wagner is a top young manager who was Jurgen Klopp’s assistant at Borussia Dortmund until he left the club for the Terriers on 5th November, 2015.

He’s done wonders in a short 16 months at Huddersfield including a win at Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round against his former boss Jurgen Klopp.

David also won Manager of the Month in August after four wins and a draw including a 2-1 win against Newcastle at St. James’ Park in the second game of the season.

The other two nominations for Manager of the Month for February were Garry Monk of Leeds United and Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic.

The panel includes former Ipswich manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman, EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, LMA Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.

Maybe Rafa can win the Manager of the Month award for March?

Two more wins against Fulham at home tomorrow and Birmingham away next Saturday (before the two week International break) could do it.

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31 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Aye, I get the next four out of six, only missing Wigan and Preston. Home for the victory parade in May 😮

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t miss the victory parade 😉

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Does this mean Huddersfield will hit a bad run in form now, Curse of the Manager of the month award!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    It always seems to be the case, I wonder if it’s the players jealous that the manager gets the awards for their efforts on the pitch?

  • de only ethiopi

    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Hollway deserves it for qpr go honestly

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 10, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Might be on to something there Jail :-0

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Emoji failed 🙁

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Shire…And perhaps Managers drop players after getting MOTM or making a team of the week, for taking the praise for his team setup 😉

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    or Jail. Hell, why not both!

    There are no exclusions here. Even if you want to be.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Think Huddersfield will accompany us up in automatic promotion.

    By far the best footballing side we played this season, even if unable to break us down.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    How do people think Armstrong has done?

    Thought he began the season great, scoring quality goals, looking like he was on course to having a successful loan spell ready to come back here and stake his claim. That only lasted a third of the season, middle third he’s gone missing and his trajectory doesn’t seem to be making an upturn any time soon. Started plenty of matches lately and not done much of note.

    General play could be good as can’t say I’ve seen much of him, but Barnsley fans were enamoured early season and even they’re cooling their praise.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Looking at the table, how are Norwich still 8th? Seems like they’ve had an awful season and they’re still in a reasonable position albeit cut loose from any play-off hopes I think.

    Then skin further down and see Villa…….. 😆

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Well as, according to the Chronicle, he go 16 points from 5 games I think he’s entitled to it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Like my self and Bobbybee keep pointing out when people are saying that we should not have dropped any points, conceded any goals and scored at least three a game, take a look at the clubs that came down with us one of whim spent 70M pounds and hired a “CL” winning manager. We’d have done what some say Ashley saved us from but has been threataning to do for years and done the metaphorical Leeds.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #15

    If Rafa had not stayed on.

  • TyneMouth

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #16

    A French car manufacturer, Peugeot, is in the process of buying Vauxhall, an American owned car company based in England.

    There are many reasons as to why Peugeot are involved in this transaction, but the critical attraction is that since Brexit the British pound has dropped 20% in value.

    If Vauxhall is now a company valued at 20% less than 8 months ago, what price NUFC?

    Bargain hunters in Asia, the Middle East, America, or even ironically, Europe, could be sniffing. An EPL club at a 20% discount, tasty!

    Just a thought, after all, Brexit means Bargins, perhaps…


    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Would of been Pavs birthday today, top man and had a quality day of birth

  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #18


    Even more reason to make a hell of a noise at St James’ tomorrow

  • toontaff2

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Let’s hope for a big performance from the team, tomorrow! Please, not another ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’!
    Crowd will be up for it, we need to start well, after Ginger Pirlo has passed back to Lascelles, back to Darlow, of course!! 😀

  • toontaff2

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Have the Gallowgate Flags got one of Pav?

  • toontaff2

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    I think we’re getting to grips with the giant banner, in the Gallowgate. Maybe time to pass it all the round the Stadium, to wake the prawn sandwich mob!


    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #22

    I wonder if there will be a mention of it? I’d understand if there wasn’t but maybe during the birthday announcements or a picture put up before the game may be nice


    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    It can’t go round the whole stadium mate can’t cover the pathways in case of a fire

  • toontaff2

    Mar 10, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Health and Safety 😳

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Whoo hoo,
    My new Rafa smoke machine has just arrived by drone from amazon just in time for his anniversary 😀

  • toontaff2

    Mar 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    We’ll all be watching, to see where you blow the smoke!!! 😆

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m not letting Blackas use it!

  • cyprus

    Mar 10, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    I don’t quite get why Prutton is biased there. Because he thinks we’ll draw?

    Anyway, I don’t think we’ll concede two. I think it will be one. Now, if that will be enough for a loss, a draw or a win I don’t now 🙂

  • Thump

    Mar 10, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    What’s this about Lascelles having a go at the Gallowgate against Bristol?

  • nut meg

    Mar 10, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #30

    I remember Prutton being linked with us years ago while he was at Forest I think, maybe miffed cos nothing became of it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #31

    From NUFC.com
    One of a small number of players to win a permanent contract and become a first team regular following a trial, Pav arrived on Tyneside from Banik Ostrava in January 1991 during Jim Smith’s time at the helm.

    With the club for an initial month, Pav made a handful of reserve appearances, impressing enough for United to complete a permanent transfer at a cost of £350K.

    Former soldier Pav had begun his playing career with army sides Dukla Tabor and Dukla Prague and was capped at U21 level by the Czech Republic.

    Although signed by Smith, Srnicek’s first team bow was under newly-appointed boss Ossie Ardiles, in a 1-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday that April.

    Becoming a popular figure with fans and players alike, Pav remained at SJP and played under both Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish in the following six seasons, inlcuding United’s Premier League bow against Spurs at Gallowgate in August 1993.

    He was also in goal as the Magpies returned to European competition in spectacular style the following season, beating Royal Antwerp by an aggregate 10-2 scoreline.

    And the Czech custodian took his place in the side at SJP on October 20th 1996 for a memorable game that ended Newcastle United 5 Manchester United 0.

    Pav’s time in Toon drew to a close though in the 1997/98 season following the arrival of Shay Given and he had just one senior outing, at home to Blackburn Rovers when Given was away on international duty.

    Confined to a non-playing substitute role thereafter, he lost out to Shaka Hislop for the bench spot at Wembley in the FA Cup Final loss that year (he had appeared for United in the 1996 Charity Shield at that venue).

    Following a brief return to Banik, Pav joined Sheffield Wednesday and made his Owls debut in a 1-1 draw at SJP in November 1998 – well-received by his former supporters as he would be when facing United on two other occasions (thankfully he was an unused sub for our 8-0 beating of the Owls in September 1999).

    Spells in Italy for Brescia and Cosenza were followed by further service in England at Portsmouth and West Ham and a period training with Coventry City. His next stop was a non-playing spell with Czech side FC Opava before reappearing with Beira Mar in Portugal.

    And it was a case of “Pavel is a Geordie” again in October 2006 when injuries to Tim Krul, Given and Steve Harper caused then-boss Glenn Roeder to bring the free agent back to SJP on a short-term deal – Pav initially thinking that contact from Harper was a wind-up!

    Pav duly made his 150th league appearance for United – some nine years after the 149th – appearing from the bench in place of Given for the last three minutes of the 3-1 home win over Spurs in December 2006.

    Needless to say, his arrival was greeted by an ear splitting roar from the Gallowgate faithful.

    He then played the full 90 minutes of the next game at Bolton on Boxing Day, remaining at the club for the rest of the season without adding to his appearance total – playing twice more for the reserves.

    That saw him conclude a second spell as a Magpie, having made 190 appearances (187 starts) in all competitions.

    After a short spell coaching in the North East, Srnicek returned to the Czech Republic with Ostrava before becoming Sparta Prague’s goalkeeping coach in 2012.

    Internationally, Srnicek made 49 appearances for his country beginning with a 0-0 draw against Malta in October 1994 and concluding in November 2001 – winning 19 caps during his time at Gallowgate.

    Having appeared along with his former “Entertainers” team mates in a charity match at Kingston Park in October 2011, September 2013 then saw Pav return to Gallowgate for Steve Harper’s match.

    2015 saw him on Tyneside for talk-ins and the publication of his autobiography in November of that year.

    Shortly after returning to the Czech Republic however, Srnicek collapsed whilst out running in Ostrava, suffering a cardiac arrest.

    Hospitalised, he spent just over a week in an induced coma before brain scans revealed that he had suffered irreversible damage.

    Pav’s family took the unenviable decision to switch off life support systems and he died on December 29th – news of his passing prompting a flood of tributes from former Magpie colleagues and fans alike.

    A genuinely good guy, gone far too soon.


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