Dear EFL, we have a complaint to make regarding your Manager of the Month award. You got it wrong and Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper is outside waiting for a word!
On Friday morning, Scott Parker was handed the accolade for overseeing a strong run of form at Bournemouth.
There really is no context when it comes to the Manager of the Month award though and Steve, we’re in no doubt over who should have won the prize.
Remarkably, Cooper wasn’t even nominated. Parker was joined by Marco Silva, Neil Critchley and Russell Martin vying to win the crown.
Forest have been one of the form teams in the month of October.
The Reds won three times and drew in the third month of the campaign. There was also a 4-0 defeat to Fulham and in hindsight, perhaps that scuppered Cooper’s chances.
For context though, Swansea were the first team to lose to Birmingham for ages, whilst they also drew with basement boys Derby.
Still, we’re not surprised that an award that Don Goodman helps decide the winner of gave zero credit to Forest!
The point here is that there really is no context for this award. Of the four, Critchley deserved the award. He has arguably the smallest budget in the division and has the Tangerines scrapping for a top-six place.
Manager of the Month award needs revamping; just ask Forest boss Cooper
Being as modest as he is, Cooper won’t be bothered one bit that he’s not won the award. In fairness, he doesn’t have to worry about any potential curse biting him on the backside.
Ultimately though, there is no reasoning with the Manager of the Month crown. Of course, Bournemouth have been great but they have parachute payments and Parker’s men riding high in the division is no real surprise.
Cooper has taken a team that had one point from the first seven games of the campaign and revived them.
Forest were hapless under Chris Hughton and the work that the new head coach has done deserved some recognition.
Cooper’s team are playing some brilliant football and they’re doing it with a squad that cost very little to assemble and by utilising several youngsters.
The Manager of the Month award remains flawed and Forest boss Cooper deserved better.