Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for April.Jokanovic showed confidence in both himself and his players by rotating his squad and making positive, early substitutions in games, including the 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion which clinched promotion.
George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: “Watford have had a fantastic April, collecting 16 points.
“The Sky Bet Championship has been the most closely contested division in England this season and Slavisa and his team must be congratulated for earning automatic promotion.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Slavisa Jokanovic could not have wished for a better first season in charge of the Hornets.
“He has led his team into the Premier League with one game to spare and goes into the final game in pole position to win the Sky Bet Championship title.
“An unbeaten April ensured promotion with crucial results against close rivals Middlesbrough and Derby.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Watford went into April well positioned in the Championship promotion race, but with Bournemouth and Norwich both in top form many didn’t expect them to keep up the pace and see it through to the end of the season.
“As it has happened, Jokanovic’s men have kept up the pace and then some, winning every game since them and their spot in the big time is now confirmed.
“Highlights include a 2-0 win against challenging Middlesbrough side and a 2-0 away win at Brighton with the pressure on.”
The judging panel for the Sky Bet Manager of the Month is chaired by former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, along with 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.