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John Coleman named Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month

9 October 2015

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has been named the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for September.

A creditable draw at Portsmouth was followed by four straight victories as swashbuckling Stanley climbed into the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off places.

Coleman’s passing creed saw his attractive side score 10 goals while conceding just three.

The manager said: "It's an honour to receive the award but it's a fallacy that it's Manager of the Month as it should be Team of the Month as it's the team that gets the most points.

"I am just the recipient. I didn't score any goals - although I wish I had.

"The last time I got any kind of award like this, we won the league - the Conference - so hopefully it's an omen."

George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: “To gain promotion you have to be consistent and John has certainly got this from Accrington Stanley in September.

“They achieved a good draw against Portsmouth then had four straight wins scoring 10 goals while conceding just three.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “What a job John Coleman is doing at Accrington Stanley.

“Tipped by many to be relegation candidates, his side have defied everyone’s expectations and are sitting pretty just inside the Play-Off places thanks to an incredible September.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Stanley started the season as they usually do – tipped by many to struggle towards the bottom of Sky Bet League 2.

“Thoughts have now turned to the top of the table thanks to an unbeaten month featuring a very creditable point away to title favourites Portsmouth as well as convincing wins over Exeter and Crawley."

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town boss George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.

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