London Bees manager, Lee Burch, has been awarded the FA Women’s Championship manager of the month for September by the League Managers Association.
Burch has guided the Bees to their best-ever start in the second division as they sit third in the league with 10 points from the opening five matches.
The month started with an impressive 2-1 victory over Coventry United at The Hive London, as Taylor O’Leary and Lauren Pickett fired the Bees to all three points.
Burch then saw his side come from two goals behind to draw 3-3 with Leicester City, before finishing the month with a very impressive 2-1 home win over a Lewes side who had also made a strong start to the season.
London Bees general manager Ricky Bartlett expressed his pleasure in seeing Burch receive the award and hailed the impressed start the Bees have made to the championship season.
“I am absolutely delighted with the progress the team has made since Lee came on board. It has been an impressive start to the season and long may it continue. We are hoping it’ll be a record-breaking year for London Bees and I feel we have the right manager in place to do just that”
“I’d like to congratulate Lee on receiving this accolade and look forward to his future successes as our head coach.”
Burch was keen to dedicate his award to all of the Bees background staff, as well as his playing squad who he has hailed for their excellent efforts so far this season.
Burch said “It’s been a good start to the season and this award shows that the hard work from every member of the group has been noticed. The hard work from the staff in the background such as Sian, Craig, Ricky, Luigi and both Adam’s has been great and it puts the players into a good position to deliver on the pitch, which they have.
‘The players have been excellent from the moment I arrived and have shown a great appetite to improve as individuals and as a team”
The boss also highlighted that his sides start is just the beginning and that he knows his side of plenty more to offer in the 2019/20 campaign.
“There’s still a lot more work and developing to do as a team. We are battling and competing against some huge clubs, with big resources but we are really pleased with the start to the season and will continue to take it game by game”
Everyone at London Bees would like to congratulate Lee on achieving this award and look forward to seeing the Bees celebrate future successes throughout the season!