Jonas Eidevall, Olli Harder and Emma Hayes are the three nominees in which a chance of winning the WSL manager of the month award for October.
There were only two rounds of WSL fixtures scheduled for October, with the current international break meaning that domestic action will not return until November. That means it is already time to assess who has been the best this month.
Eidevall’s Arsenal continued their emphatic start to the 2021/22 season, adding two more victories to take their overall points tally to 15 from a possible 15.
The Gunners comfortably beat Aston Villa and Everton in the WSL in October, scoring seven times and keeping back-to-back clean sheets in the process.
Harder guided West Ham to an unbeaten month across their two WSL games, pulling off a famous shock victory over Manchester City and later taking a point against Birmingham.
The Hammers were extremely defensively disciplined against City, ceding the lion’s share of the ball to their illustrious opponents, but also created their own chances and were clinical when they came.
For Hayes and Chelsea, it was a perfect month. Things began with a relatively routine 3-1 win over Brighton, avoiding a banana skin they slipped on last season.
The Blues then dug deep to beat Leicester. They controlled the game but only secured the victory with late goals, highlighting a characteristic of champions to still win without being at their best.