Arbroath’s key acquisition this season has without doubt been manager Allan Moore.
Dragging a despondent, fractured team from the doldrums of relegation, he and partner-in-crime Todd Lumsden, have pulled Maroons back into the top spot.
Crowned Manager of the Month on Monday, to sit alongside his August accolade, Moore is not convinced all that glitters is gold. He admitted: “It’s actually the kiss of death! If you look at the stats, nearly every manager that has received the award has been beaten in the next game! Hopefully, we break that unwanted tradition.”
As expected by the self-effacing Moore, he couldn’t accept the credit: “It is by far not just me who deserves this. Todd, the team and the chairman, who has backed us all the way, deserve to be recognised.
“Manager’s get the stick but the praise must be shared,” he joked.
Reflecting on his time at Arbroath so far, Moore is proud of his and the team’s achievements overall.
His experience at Morton perfectly prepared him for the challenges of part-time football and aside from seeing his colleague and friend Todd Lumsden more than his wife, he is getting used to the travelling. He said: “It’s not really challenging, it is just a case of getting my head around working all day then training and not getting home until late.
“It is a hard day but it is exactly the same for the players, so you just get on with it. If we are successful and go up to League One, next year will be a bigger challenge.”
Biting at the heels of Arbroath, the Spiders demonstrated greater composure in their last meeting despite an admirable performance from the home side.
Not getting too ahead of himself Moore is looking on tomorrow’s Queens Park encounter with optimism. He said: “We know how difficult they are and we have been caught out on the counter attack before but we have worked on that.
“We can score goals and that seems to be their weakness at the moment. We also have a team of fit players, where poor weather conditions have worked in our favour to give our injured boys some recuperation time.”
Victories over Annan Athletic, East Stirling, Berwick Rangers and East Fife, and a draw with Elgin, saw the Lichties take 13 points from a possible 15 on offer last month and earn Moore the top boss award.
P W D L F A Pts
Arbroath 19 14 2 3 46 19 44
Albion 19 12 4 3 31 12 40
Queen’s Park 20 11 5 4 30 14 38
Berwick 19 7 5 7 34 24 26
Annan Athletic 20 6 6 8 25 29 24
East Fife 19 5 6 8 25 28 21
Clyde 20 5 4 11 22 36 19
Montrose 20 5 4 10 22 41 19
East Stirling 19 6 1 12 21 42 19
Elgin 17 4 5 8 18 29 17