Durham Women FC manager Lee Sanders is honoured on behalf of all the staff to receive the League Managers’ Association (LMA) award for December 2018.
The Wildcats went unbeaten through the month as Sanders, alongside coach Steph Libbey, led the side to two victories to ensure the side remain in the thick of the promotion race.
A 6-1 victory over title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur kick-started the month, before a memorable 3-1 triumph over previously unbeaten Manchester United topped-off a fine December.
This is the second time that Durham have been handed the Thomas Lyte trophy, having previously scooped the October award.
Sanders now becomes the first FA Women’s Championship manager to receive the honour twice, and was delighted to be handed the accolade once again.
Speaking after receiving the award, he said: “It’s a tremendous honour for the club and ourselves as staff, and is testament to the hard work that everyone puts in each week from a coaching, physical performance, medical and logistical aspect.
“Of course it’s the players that have to step out and get these results and they deserve a huge amount of credit not just for the month but for the season so far.
“Thanks to everyone at the LMA for recognising the efforts of us all and it’s humbling to accept the award for a second time.”