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Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou could equal a Pep Guardiola record if he can pull off a miraculous month

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:00, 10 November 2023

Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou etched his name into the Premier League history books after winning his third Manager of the Month award.

Postecoglou, 58, arrived in North London following a trophy-laden spell at Celtic and things cannot have started any better for the Australian tactician.

After the opening 11 rounds, Spurs find themselves sitting in second, a point behind defending champions Manchester City, after winning eight times while suffering just one loss which came last time out against Chelsea.

He’s since been rewarded with the August and September managerial honours before collecting October’s which placed him in unprecedented territory. Postecoglou is the first manager to win the first three Manager of the Month prizes available to him, and the first to claim the first three awards from the start of any Premier League season.

Furthermore, only three other managers have won the award for three consecutive months, with Postecoglou joining Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in this exclusive club. He now has the chance to equal Guardiola’s feat of four consecutive awards, which the Manchester City boss accomplished in 2017/18.

However, it could end up being a feat too far. As touched upon, the Lillywhites suffered a first league defeat of the campaign in November, with an international break on the horizon they only have two more fixtures left this month: Wolves (away) and Aston Villa (home).

Even so, he will be missing an entire back-four when Spurs visit Molleniux (Ivan Perisic and Micky van de Ven are injured while Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie are both suspended) while influential playmaker James Maddison has played his final game of 2023.

In the all-time standings, Postecoglou sits alongside Conte, Alan Curbishley, Gérard Houllier, Ronald Koeman, Alan Pardew, Stuart Pearce and Brendan Rodgers with three meaning he’s leapfrogged the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Sean Dyche, Roberto Mancini, Tony Pulis, Graeme Souness, Erik ten Hag, Thomas Tuchel and André Villas-Boas (all two).