Luton Town boss Mike Newell has been named as the Nationwide League Manager of the Month in Division Two, and has praised players and staff at the club for their effort and attitude during a difficult period.
The Hatters won four and drew one of their six games in February to climb from 11th to fifth in the table, giving them a real chance of reaching the play-offs this season, despite their financial predicament.
Newell is still unable to bring in any new players with the club having been in administration for much of his tenure, yet he guided them to victories over Colchester, Brighton, Brentford and Peterborough last month, in addition to a goalless draw at Wycombe.
After helping Hartlepool to clinch promotion to the Second Division last season, Newell is coping extremely well with the difficult circumstances he has been placed in at Kenilworth Road, and he is keen to share the credit for the team's recent achievements.
"We're ahead of where we expected to be with the club having been in administration for the majority of the season, and because of our off-field problems we can't add to the playing staff," Newell admitted.
"But we've got a great backroom staff and a bunch of players with great attitude. We've raised the bar of expectation, but now we have to continue to work hard to get where we want to be."