05 Oct 2018


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

Sky Bet Championship: Darren Moore (West Bromwich Albion)

West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for September.

Handing a first-time caretaker-manager the job on a permanent basis can be fraught with danger, but Moore has eased into the role impeccably. His attack-minded side collected 13 points from five games, scored 12 goals and went top.

Moore said: “It means everything to win this, because it shows progression with the football club, it shows the club is heading in the right direction. It means a lot to me, but obviously sitting here, I get to pick up this award but I share it with everybody: the staff, players, supporters. Everybody at the football club shares in this award, I suppose I have just got the head title to pick it up. 

“The players have tried to buy into what we are trying to do here together as a group, and they are working well together. There is a good team dynamic, there is a good cohesion with the group, and all the staff behind the scenes have bought into it, in trying to bring an energy to the football club. 

“We realise it is only a start, there is still a lot of hard work ahead. It is a tough Championship campaign and we know it is a relentless pursuit, but one that we’re just gravitating day by day and trying to get better as we go along.”

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

He said: “Having been given the manager’s job on a permanent basis, Darren is really stamping his personality on the team. 

“West Bromwich Albion are playing great attacking football, had a fantastic month in September and went into October at the top of the table.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Given the inspired way that his side reacted to his initial appointment at the end of last season’s Premier League season, and the astute signings he made in the summer, it was perhaps unsurprising to see Moore’s West Brom side leading the pack going into October.

“With the firepower that Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez are providing, and the creativity of Harvey Barnes, there’s little argument that in an attacking sense, the current incarnation of the team is better than the one that started last season in the Premier League, and a lot of that is down to Moore allowing them to flourish.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Darren Moore guided the Baggies to four wins and a draw in five matches in September to put them top of the table going into the midweek games.

“They are now 9/4 favs to win the Sky Bet Championship crown and odds-on to regain promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.”


Sky Bet League One: Grant McCann (Doncaster Rovers)

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for September.  

As a player, the Northern Irishman loved space in midfield in which to create. McCann employed a 4-3-3 formation to stretch defences and give his players the same freedom. They responded with 13 points and 12 goals from five games.

McCann said: “It has been a good start, we are not getting carried away though. We have got a lot of improving to do. 

“In terms of winning, I think the Yorkshire derby against Bradford City [2-1 victory on September 22] was a good result for us. We knew it was going to be a tough game.

“A new manager had gone in there in David Hopkin and we knew it was tough, and it turned out it was, but we showed real desire to get the job done and get the three points. 

 “It is a long season, it has been a good start for us, we are only 10 games in, we will keep level, take each game as it comes – the old cliché – and see where we can go.”

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

He said: “Grant has led Doncaster Rovers to third place in Sky Bet League 1 with a changed system which produced 13 points scoring 12 goals in the process.

“A great run of results in a very productive month whilst playing attractive football.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Grant McCann revealed this week that he tells his players not to ask for the ball from a teammate unless they already know what they’re going to do with it.

“It’s through drumming ideas like this into his players which has allowed them to play with real purpose this season, and as his young squad continue to gain experience with each other, an exciting season is a strong possibility for Donny.’’

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “McCann’s Doncaster gained four wins and a draw in September and propelled themselves to third in Sky Bet League One.

“They were unlikely promotion candidates at the start of the season with double figures prices readily available but Rovers are now into 3/1 and Sky Bet will be keeping them onside.”


Sky Bet League Two: Mike Flynn (Newport County)

Newport County manager Mike Flynn has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for September.

Built on impeccable away form with wins at Port Vale, Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers, Flynn guided County into second place with 12 points from a possible 15. The belief he has instilled was evident in a 4-2 win over Cambridge United, from 2-0 down.

Flynn said: “All the credit has got to go to the players. That’s what we’re about; we all help each other out and we all work as hard as we can. Without them, I wouldn’t be sitting here.

“One of the key things was how we bounced back after the bad result against Yeovil Town. We’ve gone to some difficult places in the month, and we’ve managed to get some good away wins, so it was very pleasing the boys produced the goods when they needed to.

“The Cambridge win was pleasing. It was the first time we’ve come back from 2-0 down to win since I’ve been in charge, so credit to the boys – they don’t know when they’re beaten. To go away to Oldham and Tranmere and get results was massive, because they are not easy places to go.

“Nothing is won in this part of the season; you’ve got to be in contention in the business end in March and April, and hopefully we can continue what we are doing and surprise a few people.”

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

He said: “Mike is busy revitalising a fine club with some good attacking football. Newport’s away form has been particularly impressive in September securing three wins from strong performances on the road. The club deservedly ended September in second place.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Flynn put the disappointment of a mid-month thrashing from Yeovil behind him with an otherwise perfect month, picking up nine points from three tricky looking away fixtures. 

“Few would have predicted Newport being third in the table, just two points off of the top spot, so Flynn deserves a massive amount of credit for the way his team have started the season.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Mike Flynn’s exiles continued to defy expectations in Sky Bet League Two and now sit third in the table.

“They won four from six in September, drawing and losing the other game and are now into 4/1 for promotion from 12/1 at the start of the season.”

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