The first monthly award also includes the late fixtures which took place in September meaning this month’s award is based on the opening 5 rounds of the Premier Division season. Every month 4 managers will be nominated with the awarded decided partly based on votes received from GFT’s readers and the GFT panel itself. Here are the nominees for the GFT Premier Division Manager of the Month for October 16:
Juan Jose Gallardo – Europa
Europa have surged to the top of the table with 5 wins in all 5 games played this season, most noticeably their 1-0 triumph against title rivals Lincoln Red Imps thanks to a goal from former Imp Liam Walker. The Gibraltar International scored an 83rd minute winner to grab all 3 points against his former club. Wins too during the month against a tough and high flying Mons Calpe side (3-0), Manchester 62 (4-0) and two 2-1 wins against Europa Point and Lions Gibraltar with late winners coming in both those victories.
Julio Ribas – Lincoln Red Imps
The Lincoln Red Imps boss has seen his side win 4 out of the 5 games this month, whilst losing the big clash with rivals Europa by the odd goal. Despite this, Lincoln have been in a rich vein of form and scoring goals for fun. Hefty wins against Glacis Utd (7-0), Lynx (5-0) and Europa Point (4-0) have aided their goal difference so far, with a win against Gibraltar United by two goals to nil being their other victory during the period. Lincoln’s defence has not been breached so far from open play as Liam Walker’s long range free kick is the only time Lincoln have picked the ball out of the back of their own net so far this campaign.
Alfonso Cortijo Cabrera – St Joseph’s
The Saints started the season where they left off last year as they slot themselves in 3rd place behind the ‘big two’ after 5 games into the new season. Their only set back coming at the hands of Mons Calpe, losing 2-0 on the opening day. Since then, 3 wins on the bounce against Lions Gibraltar (3-0), Lynx (2-1) and Gibraltar Utd (1-0) got their season firmly underway. Last Monday night, they seemed destined for defeat to Glacis Utd, but a late goal salvaged a point for the Saints who begin the campaign with 10 points from a possible 15.
Manuel Perez Jimenez – Glacis Utd
Glacis Utd were one of the form teams at the end of last season under Dani Rodriguez Amaya and his good work has been carried on by new manager Manuel Perez Jimenez, formerly of UD Los Barrios. Having recruited several players whom he managed in the past, Glacis replaced the noticeable departures of Cortes, Pereira and Funes with a host of talented players resulting in Glacis’s best start for several years. Glacis began the season with back to back wins over Europa Point (3-1) and Manchester 62 (1-0) before their collapse against champions Lincoln Red Imps (0-7) after Leo Pereyra’s red card left them in the lurch already 2-0 down. However, Glacis reacted strongly from the hammering by drawing 0-0 against Mons Calpe (a result which would later be overturned in their favour after Mons Calpe were found in breach of the HGP) On Monday they were minutes away from their 4th win in 5 games against St Joseph’s but a late equaliser scuppered their chances. Like St Joseph’s, Glacis took 10 points from a possible 15 from their first 5 games in charge.