Head coach Enze Postecoglou has been honored with the October Head Coach of the Month award. He becomes the fourth manager to win the award three times in a row.
The Premier League (PL) announced the October Manager of the Month award on its official website on Tuesday. Postecoglou, who has overseen Tottenham Hotspur’s rise to prominence, beat out Mikel Arteta (Arsenal), Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool), and Unai Emery (Aston Villa) for the award.
Tottenham won all three of their league games in the month of October. They held off Luton Town 1-0, defeated Fulham 2-0, and earned a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Spurs were the only team to win all of their matches in October.
In doing so, Postecoglou became the fourth manager to win three or more Manager of the Month awards. The first was Antonio Conte, who won three in a row from October through December 2016 while at Chelsea. Then Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola won the award four times in a row from September through December 2017. Klopp, who was in contention with Postecoglou this time around, won the award three times in a row from November 2019 to January 2020.
Postecoglou joined Tottenham ahead of this season. He joined Celtic in 2021 after coaching in Asia, including Australia and Japan. Postecoglou quickly proved his leadership skills. In his first season, the Hoops won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup, making it a double.
Last season, he completed the “Domestic Treble” (winning three domestic titles). They won the league, the League Cup, and the FA Cup. Tottenham have expressed interest. Tottenham hired Antonio Conte as manager for the 2021-22 season. Conte had won numerous trophies with Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan.
At the time, Tottenham were struggling under Nuno Espirito Santo and made a managerial change just four months into the season. Spurs rebounded under Conte and finished fourth in the league. It wasn’t a trophy, but it wasn’t a bad result. Spurs were back in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) for the first time in three years.
In order to support Conte, the club made a major reinforcement ahead of last season. The addition of the likes of Christian Bale and Ivan Perisic didn’t go down well. Spurs were knocked out of every cup competition they entered, including the FA Cup and League Cup, as well as the UCL after a long absence. They were increasingly out of contention for the league title.
After the Southampton game in March, Conte said, “We have shown once again that we are not a team. I see selfish players, I see players who don’t want to help each other. The club is responsible for the transfer market. The club is responsible for the transfer market, and that goes for the coaching staff as well,” he dropped a bombshell.
“Tottenham have had the same owner for 20 years. They’ve had the same owner for 20 years, and they’ve gotten nothing, why? Until now, I tried to hide the situation, but not now. I’m really angry, and everyone is to blame. We can change the coach, but not the situation,” he said, criticizing both the club and the players. In the end, Conte left.
Tottenham spent the rest of the season with Christian Stellini (suspended) and Ryan Mason in the backline, and then hired Postecoglou ahead of the season. While Postecoglou had proven his leadership skills in Scotland, his lack of experience in the European big leagues was initially viewed with some skepticism.
But so far, he’s erased all the question marks surrounding him. Since taking the reins at Tottenham, Postecoglou has overhauled his squad. Guglielmo Vicario is the new first-choice goalkeeper, replacing last season’s captain, Hugo Lloris.
With the departure of key striker Harry Kane, he named Son Heung-min as his new captain, and brought in players to play his style of football, including James Maddison, Mickey van der Vaart, Brennan Johnson, and Manor Solomon.
In doing so, he only signed players who wanted to join Tottenham. “Every player who joined Tottenham this summer wanted to join the club so badly that Spurs signed another after realizing that one player’s goal was not to join Spurs but to leave his original club,” The Guardian reported.
“Postecoglou spoke to all the players and only authorized the transfer when he got the feeling that they strongly wanted to move to Tottenham,” the outlet added.레모나토토
Tottenham drew 2-2 with Brentford in their PL opener. They didn’t get off to a winning start, but then went on a winning streak. Spurs recorded their first win against Manchester United in the second round. From there, they continued their unbeaten run with solid performances.
After defeating Bournemouth, Burnley, and Sheffield United, Spurs faced their first test of the season against Arsenal and Liverpool. But Spurs have also taken points against the big boys. They drew 2-2 with Arsenal in the North London derby, beat Liverpool 2-1, and won all three games in October.
After not losing a single game in 10 matches from August to October, Postecoglou swept all the manager of the month awards. However, now comes the hump: a 1-4 defeat at Chelsea was their first loss of the season, and they’ve lost key players like van der Vaart and Maddison to injury. The coming days will be a test.
Still, they have Son Heung-min. Son is now in his ninth season with Tottenham. He joined Spurs from Leverkusen in 2015. His debut season didn’t live up to expectations. He only scored four goals in 28 league games. This sparked speculation of a return to the German Bundesliga, but Son is determined to stay and prove himself once again.
In fact, Son continued to perform well in his second season. He consistently scored double-digit goals in the league until last season. His best moment came in the 2021-22 season. He scored 23 goals in the league, tying him with Mohamed Salah for the PL’s top scorer. He also became the first Asian player to win the Golden Boot.
Last season was a bit of a mixed bag. He suffered an orbital fracture ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and later in the season it was revealed that he was dealing with a sports hernia. Despite the setbacks, Son finished the season with 10 league goals.
A season to remember. Since taking over as captain, Son has been in impressive form. He started all 11 league games, scoring eight goals and providing one assist. For his efforts, he was awarded the September Player of the Month award. Now in his ninth season in the PL, Son has won the Player of the Month award four times. In September 2016, April 2017, and October 2020. It took him three years to do it again.
In the month of October, Heung-min scored two goals and one assist in three games. He’s a player who’s doing his job, and he’s exactly what Spurs need in their first hurdle of the season.