October’s Isuzu UTE A-League Coach of the Month nominees are in: pick your winner TODAY!

The nominees are IN – and now it’s your time to have your say on who takes out Coach of the Month honours for October in the Isuzu UTE A-League!

Australian Professional Leagues (APL) have partnered with Football Coaches Australia (FCA) for the second season running, to produce four monthly nominees for fans of the Isuzu UTE A-League to pick from as Coach of the Month.

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Four coaches will be nominated monthly by the FCA panel, consisting of:

  • Catherine Cannuli
  • Sarah West
  • John Kosmina
  • Ian Greener
  • Gary Cole

Each member of the FCA panel votes for four coaches each month, granting four votes to their pick for Coach of the Month, three for their second-choice, two for their third and one for their fourth choice.

The FCA panel will also vote for Liberty A-League Coach of the Month on the same voting schedule.

The October voting includes Rounds 1-3 in both competitions, with the third round taking place in the early days of November. The November voting follows the same three-round schedule with the Isuzu UTE A-League overlapping into early December before the January – April schedule which will occur entirely within the month in question.

A fan vote will decide each Coach of the Month award, and will then be a factor of the APL’s end-of-season process to determine Coach of the Year.

October voting, top four – FCA

  • 13 votes: Carl Veart (Adelaide United)
  • 9 votes: Tony Popovic (Melbourne Victory)
  • 7 votes: Giancarlo Italiano (Wellington Phoenix)
  • 1 vote: Ross Aloisi (Brisbane Roar)

Coach of the Month nominees: October, 2023-24 season

Carl Veart – Adelaide United

October record

  • Games played: 3
  • Wins: 2
  • Draws: 1
  • Goals scored: 10
  • Goals conceded: 1

Carl Veart’s Adelaide were tasked with taking on both of last season’s Grand Finalists in the opening two rounds of the 2023-24 season – and the Reds responded with two convincing victories over both Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne City.

Adelaide trumped Champions Mariners 3-0 on the opening night of the season, before dispatching Premiers Melbourne City 6-0 in Round 2 to sit atop the table after two rounds. The Reds then travelled to AAMI Park to take on Melbourne Victory in an Original Rivalry which ended 1-1.

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Carl Veart.

Tony Popovic – Melbourne Victory

October record

  • Games played: 2
  • Wins: 2
  • Draws: 1
  • Goals scored: 8
  • Goals conceded: 4

An impressive 2-0 win over Sydney FC on the road started Melbourne Victory’s season in style. Then came one of the most entertaining games of the season to date: a 5-3 win over Newcastle Jets in Round 2, in which Bruno Fornaroli starred with four goals.

Victory then hosted Adelaide at AAMI Park in a hotly-contested 1-1 Original Rivalry.

Tony Popovic.

Giancarlo Italiano – Wellington Phoenix

October record

  • Games played: 3
  • Wins: 2
  • Draws: 1
  • Goals scored: 7
  • Goals conceded: 3

Giancarlo Italiano is relishing his first season as a senior head coach after taking on the unenviable job of replacing Ufuk Talay following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

A goalless draw against the Wanderers to start the season preceded a 2-1 win over Perth Glory at home in Round 2, before a dominant win over Brisbane Roar at home.

Oskar Zawada scored a hat-trick in Round 3 as the ‘Nix won 5-2 against one of the in-form teams of the competition.

Giancarlo Italiano.

Ross Aloisi – Brisbane Roar 

October record

  • Games played: 3
  • Wins: 1
  • Draws: 1
  • Losses: 1
  • Goals scored: 6
  • Goals conceded: 6

Ross Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar reign began with a run to the Australia Cup final in pre-season – and that excellent form carried over to the opening two rounds of the A-League Men campaign.

The new man in charge oversaw a 1-1 draw against Macarthur FC before a home clash with Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium, with Brisbane winning 3-0 to enact a modicum of revenge against the Sky Blues for defeat in the Australia Cup final.

A 5-2 defeat to Wellington in Round 3 then sent Aloisi’s side back to the drawing board – but they have since recovered well.

Ross Aloisi.