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Sky awards

4 September 2013

Who will be top manager, player?


The winners of both awards will be announced on Friday.

Here are the shortlists for the Sky Bet League 1 manager and player-of-the-month awards for August.

MANAGER Darren Ferguson (Peterborough)

Has instilled his side’s usual swagger in League 1, particularly on the road with eye-catching performances at Notts County (4-2) and Tranmere (5-0). Four wins out of five built the platform for another promotion bid.

Kenny Jackett (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Brought his usual calm assurance to Molyneux, inspiring four successive wins to follow an opening day draw at Preston. Has players and supporters together once more with his team committed and full of attacking ideas.

Steven Pressley (Coventry City)

With a 10-point deduction imposed on the eve of the season, the Scot preached positive thoughts, creating the division’s most entertaining side in August with 16 goals scored and all but two of the 10 points wiped out.

Russell Slade (Leyton Orient)

A perfect August with five wins out of five, three away from home, maintained last season’s springtime momentum. Has his side playing with style, confidence and attacking flair, with 13 goals scored and just two conceded.


Magnus Okuonghae  (Colchester United) - central defender

A key figure in Colchester’s solid start. Strong and physically imposing at the heart of the U’s defence which conceded just four goals in five games, he also impressed with his ability to play the ball out from the back.

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) - midfielder

The rock upon which Orient’s impeccable start has been founded. Restored to a midfield role, the Frenchman’s positional play, tackling, ball-carrying and distribution were all pivotal to his team’s attacking thrust in August.

Nakhi Wells (Bradford City) – striker

Made an effortless step up in class following promotion with five goals in as many matches. Returned from the summer fit and hungry, linking up with James Hanson and scoring impudently from a tight-angle against Carlisle.

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) - striker

Given a belated first-team chance at 21, the club’s academy product responded with six goals in five games. His natural pace and muscular style was supplemented with assured finishes against Bristol City, Preston and Shrewsbury.




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