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09 Sep 2016

SKY BET EFL MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS: AUGUST 2016

The winners of the Sky Bet Manager of the Month Awards for August are:

Sky Bet Championship: David Wagner (Huddersfield Town)

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for August.

It was a stunning start to the season for Wagner’s men. The German’s methods have drawn their rewards with a haul of 13 points from his side’s opening five games.

The most impressive performances were a draw at Aston Villa four days after victory at Newcastle.

Wagner said: “I accept the August Manager of the Month award on behalf of every player, member of staff and everyone else connected with Huddersfield Town.

“Everyone here has worked unbelievably hard during pre-season and during August and they have earned the results that the team enjoyed.

“We are workers, not dreamers, so nobody here is getting carried away. You can never guarantee results in football, but we can guarantee that we will work as hard as possible to try and get more good results in September.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Huddersfield have made a fantastic start to the season, topping the table with 13 points from five games.

They remained unbeaten and only dropped two points with a fine away performance at Aston Villa. David’s methods have certainly given Huddersfield a new lease of life so far this season.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Wagner has settled to life in the Championship incredibly well since arriving from the Bundesliga.

“This season has started like a dream, with an eye-catching set of results and only Aston Villa managing to avoid defeat to Town so far this season. The impact he has had on the players since arriving is quite remarkable.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Huddersfield Town's David Wagner steered his side to the top of the table with four wins from five matches in the month of August.

“Wagner took over from Chris Powell last November and the Terriers avoided relegation by a comfortable 11 points last season.

“They will be looking up and not down this term and are now 4/1 from 12/1 to be promoted to the Premier League this season for the first time.”

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Sky Bet League One: Phil Parkinson (Bolton Wanderers)

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for August.

Moving across the Pennines, Parkinson didn’t skip a beat as he led Bolton to the top of League One with 13 points from five unbeaten games.

He was able to instil belief in a squad that was relegated just three months earlier.

Parkinson said: “I’m of course very pleased to win the award, but it has been very much a team effort. The lads on the pitch deserve a lot of credit but also the team behind the scenes in terms of the coaching staff, the medical department and at board level as well.

“It has been a big effort to get us to this point – it is only the early stages of the season, but we are pleased to get this award.

“It couldn’t have gone much better for us in terms of the points total. Of course, you’re always greedy for more, but I’ve been so pleased with the application of everybody and the determination of all at the football club to get things going again.

“I said that during my first few weeks here and it’s been backed up by the start we’ve had. Everybody now has to roll their sleeves up though and get ready for another big push during the next month.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Phil has made a great impression in his new appointment at Bolton Wanderers as they have accumulated 13 points from five unbeaten games.

“It is never easy to lift a team’s confidence after relegation but Phil has managed to do just that.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Parkinson was one of the longest serving managers in the country when Bolton approached Bradford City for his services and managed to wrestle him away.

“In his few months at the helm, he has shown exactly why he was rated so highly and already looks to have vindicated the owners’ decision in bringing him in.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Life for Bolton in League One started well with the Trotters managing to win four games and drawing the other, with a 1-0 victory on the opening day against title rivals Sheffield United.

“Only a last minute equaliser against Charlton denied Phil Parkinson’s men a perfect record in August. And with new attacking signings like Keshi Anderson they are sure to be there or thereabouts come May. They are now 7/4 from 4/1 to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.”

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Sky Bet League Two: Jim Bentley (Morecambe)

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for August.

Bentley used the seaside sunshine to prepare his side well for the new season. Four wins from five games sent them top of League Two with style and substance.

Both were plentiful in the comeback 3-2 win at Lancastrian rivals Accrington.

Bentley said: "I am delighted to collect the award. It is a great achievement for the club, and the players and the backroom staff deserve all the plaudits.

"After a poor start to the season at Grimsby the lads have been brilliant and given their all and to get four wins from the first five games was a magnificent effort. This award is really for them.'' 

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Jim has had a great start to the season with Morecambe, winning their last four games in August. It was rounded off with a fabulous comeback against rivals Accrington.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Bentley’s Morecambe side ended last season with a feeling of disappointment as a promising first half of the campaign faded away and they only just hung on to their place in The Football League.

“The form they’ve started the new season in will be incredibly encouraging to him but Jim will be aware that, although they’ve had a terrific start, there’s plenty more work to do.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “After losing to Grimsby on the opening day of the season Jim Bentley’s Morecambe rallied to win their next four and were the surprise leaders of Sky Bet League Two at the end of August.

“The seasiders were many people's favourites for the drop but a solid start to the season has seen their chances of relegation ease from 7/2 all the way out to 9/1.”

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL League expert Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery