Salomon leaping for joy after netting award

John Salomon and Hope Powell
John Salomon and Hope Powell
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The FA Women’s Football awards proved to be a memorable night for Watford Ladies and manager John Salomon after he picked up the award for Premier League Coach of the Year.

Salomon beat off some strong competition to pick up the award at the glitzy London ceremony, which was attended by women’s football’s biggest names in this country, as well as England manager Roy Hodgson.

Watford boss Salomon was recognised for keeping his side in the Premier League last year, after taking over a team that looked odds-on for relegation.

His team has continued their impressive form into this season, losing just one match in all competitions and pushing champions and league leadersSunderland all the way in an entertaining 2-2 draw earlier in the campaign.

After overcoming the initial surprise of winning, Salomon was quick to highlight what an honour it was to receive the prestigious award.

“It was a huge honour to pick up the award from Hope Powell,” he said.

“Having hit 150 England games, led GB into the Olympics for the first time and overseen England qualifying for the Euros – to collect the award from her was a special moment.”

There was no time to celebrate the win, however, as Salomon and his management team made their way to training that evening straight from the ceremony.

But the manager said he saw this as the perfect opportunity to share the award with his entire squad.

“I told the players ‘we’ won an award today.

“The award is recognition of the players’ efforts and achievements.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to the staff – whether that’s coaches, medical team, media team, secretary, chairman – everyone.

“We use the strap line ‘lets keep getting better’, and we need to use this award as an indicator that we are heading in the right direction.”

The Watford Ladies are currently flying high in fourth position in the FA Women’s Premier League table, having enjoyed an impressive start to the season since their switch to Berkhamsted FC’s Broadwater ground.

The Golden Girls were not in action at the weekend, but Salomon’s side travel to Broxbourne Borough on Sunday to take on Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup. Kick-off is at 1pm.