Manager of the Month curse? Every 22/23 Premier League award winner and what happened next

Ian Watson
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Is there a Manager of the Month curse? Every winner this season has had a dip, with five out of six dropping points instantly…

Here’s every winner of the Premier League Manager of the Month award – Mikel Arteta is the latest recipient¬†– during 2022-23 and what happened after.

 

August: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
August record: P5 W5 D0 L0 Pts 15 PPG: 3
September record: P2 W1 D0 L1 Pts 4 PPG: 2

Arsenal’s perfect start saw Arteta win his third Manager of the Month award. His other successes: September 2021 and March 2022.

The Gunners’ first defeat of the season followed immediately after Arteta was named as August’s winner, with his side going down 3-1 at Manchester United. They played only one other Premier League game in September: a 3-0 win at Brentford.

 

September: Erik ten Hag (Manchester United)
September record: P2 W2 D0 L0 Pts 6 PPG: 3
October record: P6 W3 D2 L1 Pts 11 PPG: 1.83

Around the death of the queen, Manchester United only played two games in September, both in the first four days of the month. The first was a 1-0 win at Leicester before Arsenal’s 100 per cent record came to a halt at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag’s first game as Manager of the Month: Man City 6-3 Man Utd. After that defeat, they drew twice with Newcastle and Chelsea amid wins over Everton, Tottenham and West Ham.

 

October: Eddie Howe (Newcastle)
October record: P6 W5 D1 L0 Pts 16 PPG: 2.66
November/December record: P4 W3 D1 L0 Pts 10 PPG: 2.5

The Newcastle boss secured his fifth Manager of the Month award after taking the Magpies to fourth place having earned more points and scored more goals than any other club in October.

Howe swerved any curse, with Newcastle going unbeaten through four games either side of the World Cup, beating Southampton, Chelsea and Leicester.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe claps the supporters

 

November/December: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
November/December record: P4 W4 D0 L0 Pts 12 PPG: 3
January record: P3 W2 D1 L0 Pts 7 PPG: 2.33

Arsenal went perfect through four games, a couple either side of the World Cup. The Gunners won away at Chelsea, Wolves and Brighton while also beating West Ham at the Emirates. All of which saw Arteta’s side take a seven-point lead at the summit into 2023.

Again, Arsenal dropped points in the first game of the following month, drawing 0-0 at home to Newcastle before huge wins over Tottenham and Manchester United.

 

January: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
January record: P3 W2 D1 L0 Pts 7 PPG: 2.33
February record: P5 W2 D1 L2 Pts 8 PPG: 1.6

Arsenal’s biggest wobble of the season followed Arteta’s third Manager of the Month award. Defeats to Everton and Manchester City, which sandwiched a draw with Brentford, saw the Gunners temporarily relinquish top spot but they regained their composure to win at Villa and Leicester before the end of February.

 

February: Erik ten Hag (Manchester United)
February record: P4 W3 D1 L0 Pts 7 PPG: 1.75
March record: P2 W0 D1 L1 Pts 1 PPG: 0.5

United played only three Premier League games amid a February run of eight fixtures in all competitions in which Ten Hag’s men went unbeaten. They won the Carabao Cup and knocked Barcelona out of the Europa League. But the Manager of the Month award is judged on Premier League exploits. United beat Palace and Leicester either side of a double header with Leeds that earned the Red Devils four points.

They played even fewer Premier League games in March and it is hard to think how it could have gone much worse. First they were tw*tted all over Anfield before drawing with rock-bottom Southampton while losing their most important player for four more matches.