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    Allan Maitland wins Manager of Month  

    Sunday, September 06, 2009 8:33:39 AM

    IRN-BRU Phenomenal Second Division Manager of the Month

    Alloa boss Allan Maitland has seen his best start to the season ever as a manager rewarded with the season’s first IRN-BRU Phenomenal Second Division Manager of the Month award being added to his mantelpiece. Maitland’s Recreation Park side earned ten points from their four league games to sit at the top of the Second Division on goal difference from near neighbours Stirling Albion.

    Maitland said, “Even when I was the manager at Clyde and we won the Second Division we did not start the season as well as this. It has been great and bearing in mind three of those games have been away from home it really has been a great start.”

    The Wasps have defeated Peterhead at home, Dumbarton and Clyde on their travels as well as coming from a goal down to draw at Cowdenbeath. The away form is the most pleasing aspect according to the Alloa manager, “Last season it was the end of February before we won two games away from Recreation Park so to have done that already stands us in good stead.”

    Alloa saw star striker Greig Spence move to Celtic recently and that is further progress they are heading in the right direction with Maitland saying, “I am really enjoying my time at Alloa, it is a fantastic club. We are in the third year of a five year project and everyone is working hard to take us where we want to be. We have a great youth set up that produced Grieg and his transfer earned money for the club and we have a good squad of first team players that have went about their business really well this season.”

    After a disappointing campaign by Maitland’s high standards last time out, Alloa look set to challenge in the top half of the table this season with Maitland said, “We brought a few new players to the club over the summer and managers are often judged on how well they do. So far, so good and winning this award indicates that the new players must have settled well. The players that were here before have helped them gel and despite losing Greig we look set to have a decent season.”

    This is Allan's fourth time of winning the Irn Bru Manager of the Month Award since joining Alloa Athletic, he first picked up the award in October 2007 and again in April, 2008 and more recently in February, 2009, before this most recent recognition.

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