Alex Neil MOM

06 Mar 2015

SKY BET MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS FEBRUARY 2015

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

Sky Bet Championship: Alex Neil (Norwich City)

Norwich City manager Alex Neil has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for February.

Largely unknown prior to arriving at Carrow Road from Hamilton Academical, Neil has galvanised the players and demanded a consistency which brought five convincing February wins in as many games.

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

He said: “This is a fantastic start to his managerial career with Norwich City. With five wins out of five and a 100% record for the month, he has taken the club from outside the Play-Off positions to be in contention for an automatic promotion.

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Before Alex Neil took the hotseat at Norwich, the squad were struggling to get into gear, following their relegation from the Premier League.

“However, since he took over, they have started to show the undoubted quality they have within the squad and are knocking on the door of an automatic promotion place.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Since Alex Neil’s appointment Norwich have climbed up the table with an amazing five straight wins - and three clean sheets in the process. 

“Five wins on the bounce would have paid out at 22/1 with Sky Bet!”

Sky Bet League 1: Simon Grayson (Preston North End)

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for February.

It was a perfect month for North End, who reaffirmed their promotion credentials with a maximum 15 points, 10 goals scored and none conceded - a tribute to Grayson’s man-management skills and level-headedness following an inconsistent spell. 

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

He said: “Simon has got Preston back into top gear with a perfect month gaining the maximum 15 points.  Scoring 10 goals and conceding none was an amazing achievement.

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Grayson’s second Manager of the Month award this season marks a fantastic month for his Preston side.

“Putting together a run of five consecutive wins, without conceding a goal, is a fantastic achievement at any point in the season, but is even more impressive during this fixture-packed period.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Preston continue to go strong in League 1 under Grayson’s stewardship.

“Preston were as big as 20/1 at the start of the month to be crowned League 1 Champions but are now into second favourites at 13/2.”

Sky Bet League 2: Andy Awford (Portsmouth)

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for February.

Awford guided Pompey through six unbeaten games, amassing 14 points and posting four clean sheets. 

The attacking mindset he has instilled was witnessed in a wonderful 6-2 win at Cambridge United.

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

He said: “February was an excellent month for Portsmouth accumulating 14 points from six games.  

“They showed great consistency and attacking play whilst keeping four clean sheets.  On top of this, they had a truly amazing 6 – 2 away win against Cambridge United.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “An unbeaten February gave Awford’s Pompey side an outside chance of making the Play-Offs and improved the mood within Fratton Park.

“The 6-2 away victory at Cambridge was the pick of the bunch with a Matt Tubbs hat-trick putting the gloss on the win.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Andy Awford has steadied the ship at Portsmouth, who were looking down the table rather than upwards at the start of February. 

“Pompey now have an outside chance of finishing in a Play-Off place; something they were 50/1 to do at the start of the month.”

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.