Dougie Freedman, Ronnie Moore and Micky Adams are the npower Football League managers of the month for September.
Crystal Palace got their reward for a great September as Dougie Freedman and Glenn Murray picked up the npower Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards.
With four wins and a draw, the Manager of the Month was awarded to Dougie Freedman, whose side topped the form charts for September and now look well set to contend for a Play-Off position this season.
A driving force behind this fine run was the clinical form of Glenn Murray. The ex-Rochdale striker bagged six goals in September, four from the penalty spot, and is a deserving winner of the Player of the Month award.
npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: "It's great to see a young manager doing so well, so we're delighted to be giving the npower Championship Manager of the Month award to Dougie. Crystal Palace's form in September was the best in the league, so it was one of our easier decisions."
Speaking about Dougie Freedman's win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "This award completes a fantastic month for Dougie with Palace remaining unbeaten and recording notable wins at home to Cardiff City and away at Bolton Wanderers. It's a great start to the season and I can see them occupying a place in and around the Play-Off positions at the end of the season."
npower League One
Tranmere Rovers are celebrating a double reward for a great September with both the npower League 1 Manager and Player of the Month awards heading to Prenton Park.
For the second month in a row, Ronnie Moore clinches the Manager of the Month award for leading his Tranmere Rovers side to the top of the form charts in September.
A driving force behind this fine run was the clinical form of Player of the Month winner, Jake Cassidy. The on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers starlet bagged seven goals from six games in the month, including a hat-trick against Colchester United and a brace against fellow promotion-hopefuls Crawley Town.
npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: "Tranmere Rovers have clearly established themselves as the side to beat in npower League 1 with this month's unbeaten stretch a real statement of intent. Jake Cassidy's scoring record has been incredible in September and he is increasingly looking like a player with a great future in the game."
Speaking about Ronnie Moore's win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "Tranmere Rovers' remarkable start continues as they remain top of npower League 1. Another unbeaten month bodes well for the rest of the campaign for Ronnie Moore's free scoring side."
npower League Two
Port Vale were rewarded for a fine September with the npower League 2 Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards both heading to Vale Park.
The Valiants still trail league pace-setters Gillingham, but with 13 points from a possible 18 in September, Micky Adams has won the Manager of the Month award for ensuring his side stay within touching distance of the Gills at the top of the division. In doing so, Port Vale scored 18 goals this month, giving a clear indication of the attacking brand of football that Adams has instilled.
September's goal scoring charts shows that no other player has benefited more from this approach than striker Tom Pope. With seven goals, including four against his former club Rotherham United, Pope has proven himself to be a clinical forward and has fired himself to the top of the npower League 2 top scorers table.
npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: "Micky and Port Vale have treated their fans to a lot of goals this September and I'm sure they'll be hopeful of more to come.
"Having a striker scoring goals is key to any side and with Tom Pope, Port Vale currently have the most prolific forward in the league. He's had a couple of sensational individual performances, especially when putting four past Rotherham United and is clearly a deserved winner."
Speaking about Micky Adams' win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "Micky's side have certainly impressed so far this season and recording 18 goals in just 6 games in September alone, makes this award truly deserving for Port Vale. They still trail Gillingham in the league, but if they can maintain this form, they'll certainly be challenging for the title come the end of the season."
The judging panel for the npower Manager of the Month awards comprises former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, Sky Sports Football League expert Don Goodman, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, BBC Sport's Mark Clemmit, League Managers Association Deputy CEO Olaf Dixon and npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins.