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08 Nov 2019

SKY BET EFL MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS: OCTOBER 2019

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

Sky Bet Championship: Danny Cowley (Huddersfield Town)

Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October.

Any doubts that he could gain the respect of highly paid Championship players and instil his methods were swept away as Huddersfield gained 11 points from five unbeaten games, re-connected with their fans and moved out of the bottom three.

Cowley said: “I’m happy to accept this award on behalf of every member of staff and every player at Huddersfield Town, because our form over October is down to an incredible team effort.

“When Nicky and I arrived at the club, we found a superb set of skilled, dedicated people who have a deep care for Huddersfield Town and this run of form is down to their hard work and dedication.

“Equally, the players deserve so much credit too. Their attitude and application has been good and we’ve enjoyed their full commitment. We’re all humble enough to know that we are still a work in progress and there is a lot more work to do, but we’re looking forward to the hard work in front of us."

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Danny Cowley has certainly turned the Terriers’ fortunes around since his arrival in September. 

“Sitting with only two points in early October and entrenched in the bottom three of the Championship, things looked rather gloomy, but Danny and his team have instilled confidence and discipline to the squad and an 11 points return took them out of the relegation places. 

“There’s still a long way to go, but the green shoots are there to be seen and there’s an onwards and upwards mentality from the Huddersfield faithful.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The Cowley brothers’ record of sustained success continues at Huddersfield, but should we really be surprised?

“From Concord Rangers to Braintree and Lincoln, they have improved performances, consistency of results and previous seasons’ league positions wherever they have managed. 

“The man management skills and dedication that the pair bring will be a surprise to no-one but what may surprise some, is the speed in which they’ve instigated the turnaround of fortunes at Huddersfield, taking them from candidates for relegation to mid table in just over a month.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “No other club in the Championship gained more points in October than Danny Cowley’s Huddersfield side. 

“The former Lincoln manager has turned things around at the John Smith’s stadium and The Terriers’ record last month saw them ease away from the bottom of the table. 

“At the start of the month they were as short as 5/4 for relegation and are now as big as 7/2 with Sky Bet. They are nine points off the Play-Off places and as big as 20/1 to finish in the top six.”

Sky Bet League One: Darren Ferguson (Peterborough United)

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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for October. 

His side continued their free-scoring ways with 13 goals in five games, but it was Ferguson’s ability to marry that with improved defensive solidity that was crucial to remaining unbeaten in the month.

Ferguson said: “We had a really good month, going through it unbeaten and obviously we scored a lot of goals. 


“I have read about the Manager of the Month curse and we haven’t started November particularly well, but we know that there is plenty of improvement within the group. 

“We are currently third and obviously during the month we went top, but it is a long season. I look at the points total rather than the position at this stage and after the last couple of games we are behind the eight ball when it comes to points per game that we wanted.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “It was a tough call this month, with Gareth Ainsworth, Karl Robinson and Glyn Hodges all posting very good results in October. However, Darren Ferguson at the Posh just had that extra edge, not only by securing 11 points from their five games but also scoring an impressive 13 goals in the process.

“Darren’s attacking style has made Peterborough one of the teams to really respect and they are enjoying the consistency any promotion contender needs to have.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Now in his third spell at the club, and having celebrated his 400th game in charge during October, Ferguson has a fantastic attacking side and I expect they will be challenging for his third promotion at the club this season.

“You can get a good picture of Posh’s season so far by looking at the goals for and goals against column: they’ve scored a league high of 39 goals, but have also conceded more than any side in the top 14, so it’s a definite case of you score three and we’ll score four at the moment!”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough side went unbeaten in October, winning three games and drawing the other two. 

“Posh were 8/1 at the start of the month for the title, but coming out of October, Sky Bet had brought them into 9/2 second favourites behind Ipswich.”

Sky Bet League Two: Graham Alexander (Salford City)

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Salford City manager Graham Alexander has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for October.

The adjustment to life as a Sky Bet EFL club has been gradual for Salford. Through it all, Alexander has maintained a consistency of approach that began to reap proper rewards in October with 10 points gained from five games.

Alexander said: “It’s a great credit to everyone involved at Salford City. The award is off the back of results for the first team, and the players and staff involved in that are the ones that deserve the award. The team have performed excellently well over the last month."

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “After a historical promotion from the National League, Graham Alexander has really helped Salford adapt to the rigours of a League Two campaign. 

“After a little bit of ‘feet finding’ in the early part of the season, 10 points from a possible 15 in October has seen them move into mid table for the first time and within a couple of wins off the Play-Off positions. 

“The managerial experience from Graham really has helped Salford settle into the league but it also suggests that he will want to continue the good form and push his troops even harder.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “In their first season in the EFL, Graham Alexander picks up Salford City’s first ever EFL award, thanks to three wins in five games.

“Alexander’s experience at this level and above – he has three previous Manager of the Month trophies from his time at Fleetwood and Scunthorpe United – has been the driving force behind their brilliant start to life in the EFL.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Graham Alexander’s Ammies were the form side in Sky Bet League Two during October, helping them climb from 18th into the top half of the table. 

“Salford were one of the favourites for promotion at the start of the season (9/4) and are now only three points off the Play-Off places and six points off the top three. 

“They are 5/1 to be promoted this season and 2/1 to make the Play-Offs.” 

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Barnsley manager Danny Wilson, Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, and Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies.