10 Apr 2015
SKY BET FOOTBALL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS: MARCH
The winners of the Sky Bet Manager of the Month Awards for March are:
Sky Bet Championship: Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth)
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for March.
Howe’s side roared back to the head of the Sky Bet Championship table in March with 13 points from five games and a 15-3 goal differential. Most thrilling was the expansive 3-0 victory over promotion rivals Middlesbrough.
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Eddie has done a fantastic job this season. Not only has he taken Bournemouth to within reach of automatic promotion, but he has developed a style of play which is terrific to watch. March was another great month with 13 points from five matches.
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Eddie Howe’s second Manager of the Month award of the season comes at a crucial time.
“Bournemouth shook off two defeats and a draw at the end of February to regain their position at the top of the table and put their destiny in their own hands for automatic promotion. At this stage of the season that could prove vital.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Howe’s Bournemouth entered the month of March as a 4/9 shot to be promoted from the Sky Bet Championship.
“Four wins and an away point at Cardiff have been more than enough to see them hit the top of the table and they can now be backed at 11/10 to lift the title.”
Sky Bet League 1: Steve Cotterill (Bristol City)
Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for March.
Another hectic month saw Cotterill lead City to silverware at Wembley while not skipping a beat in their promotion charge.
They collected 14 points from six games, scoring at least two goals in five of their six games.
George Burley said: “Bristol City have shown great consistency, keeping themselves in pole position to win the Sky Bet League 1 title.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “From day one, Bristol City have been a class above in League 1 this season.
“Steve Cotterill’s calm influence has led his side to the brink of promotion and I fully expect them to lift the Sky Bet League 1 trophy in the coming weeks.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Bristol City’s relentless run towards the Championship continues.
“They were given a 2/5 chance of lifting the title at the start of the month, and are now all but promoted, being priced at 1/7.
“They found the net 13 times in the month, adding goals to their solid defence.”
Sky Bet League 2: Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe Wanderers)
Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for March.
Ainsworth made light of a difficult looking fixture list in March, which included games against promotion rivals Southend United, Shrewsbury Town and Luton Town, to inspire his team to 14 points from six unbeaten games in the race the for League 2 title.
George Burley said: “Gareth’s battling qualities as a player are certainly inspiring his team to be promotion contenders.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Ainsworth’s Wycombe side had a fantastic March.
“Despite already losing twice in April, they are still looking good for an automatic promotion place – testament to the brilliant season they have had.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Wycombe have done extremely well to keep pace with Burton and Shrewsbury in the League 2 promotion race with one of the smallest playing squads in the Football League.
“A large part of this is down to the astute business Gareth Ainsworth has done in the loan market, as well as fantastic man management which has galvanised his squad.”
The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, League Managers Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.