03 July 2020

WSL unveil nominations for manager and player of the season

The Women’s Super League have released nominations for the manager and player of the 2019/20 season.

The season was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic and so the Football Association used a points per game system to determine the final placings.

This meant Chelsea leapfrogged Manchester City to win the league and Liverpool were relegated to the Championship.

But who impressed the league enough to be nominated?

Player of the season:

England has impressed this season for Chelsea (NurPhoto/PA Images)

Chelsea have the most nominations in this category with two of their players being nominated.

The Blues’ Bethany England and Guro Reiten have been put forward for the award.

England scored 14 goals in 15 appearances including a score at Stamford Bridge in the opening match of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

Reiten has been nominated in her first year with Chelsea. She scored five goals in 15 league appearances, had eight assists and created 34 chances for the club.

The league’s top scorer, Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, has also been nominated. She scored 16 goals from 14 league appearances this season as the Gunners finished third and were unable to defend their 2018/19 WSL title.

Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp and former Everton player Chloe Kelly round off the nominations.

Manager of the season:

Casey Stoney has had her first year in the WSL managing Manchester United (PA)

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has been nominated as she led The Blues to a title win this season following an impressive, albeit truncated, campaign.

The London-based club were undefeated with 12 wins and three draws.

Meanwhile Manchester United boss Casey spent her first year in the WSL after being promoted from the Championship last year.

In their first year under Stoney’s leadership, United finished fourth and won seven games out of the 14 they played.

Also among the nominations is ex-Man City boss Nick Cushing, who left the club in January after more than six years in charge.

City were top of the league prior to the suspension and only lost two games all season. They won 13 of the 16 matches they played.

Everton manager Willie Kirk is also on the list as he led his side to a sixth place finish. 

And co-managers Karen Hills and Juan Carlos Amoros of Tottenham Hotspur have also been nominated. They enjoyed their first season in the WSL after gaining promotion, finishing in seventh spot.

You can vote for your manager and player of the year here and here

Voting closes on July 6.

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