Southend United boss Phil Brown has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for September.After his side’s indifferent start, Brown calmly guided Southend to a draw and then four successive wins in a September to remember at Roots Hall.
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “I expected Southend to mount a serious promotion challenge after the disappointment of losing in the Play-Offs last season.
“You have to give a lot of credit to Phil – he has calmly turned the Shrimpers into a formidable unit that I believe can stay the course.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “In a run of games that looked tough on paper, Southend nearly took maximum points beating some of the leagues’ well-fancied sides including Portsmouth and Shrewsbury.
“What is especially impressive is that Southend weren’t odds on in any of their victories and were 6/4 (versus Shrewsbury), 9/5 (versus York), 6/4 (versus Cheltenham), and 23/20 (versus Portsmouth).
“Southend’s price to win the title has come tumbling down from 20/1 to 7/1 over the course of the month due to their impressive wins. They’re now 13/8 to be promoted having been 7/2.”
The judging panel for the Sky Bet Manager of the Month comprises Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.