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Neil Warnock named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month

8 April 2016

Rotherham United boss Neil Warnock has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for March.

More used to winning promotion than staving off relegation, Warnock instilled a collective steel in his players to secure 10 points from four games.

Wins over Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday helped lift Rotherham out of the bottom three.

Warnock said: “This award isn’t just for me, it’s for everyone at the club and that goes from the Chairman down to the cleaners.
 
“The players have done a tremendous job and so have the staff and I’d like to give special mentions to Kevin Blackwell and Ronnie Jepson.
 
“The award really is for everyone at the club and the fans have played a huge part in the results that we have picked up.
 
“We won’t stop here and it’s important to keep that momentum going that we’ve built up over the last month. We’ll need to continue this string of form from now until the end of the season.”

George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: “Neil has had a great month taking 10 points from four games, all against teams chasing promotion.

“Since taking charge at Rotherham he has changed their season around, pushing them out of the relegation places towards safety, which looked impossible a few months ago.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Neil has come in and worked his magic at the New York Stadium. Rotherham were six points from safety just six weeks ago and were leaking goals for fun, with the second worst defensive record in the division.

“However, a remarkable run of results aided by three clean sheets in March has seen a superb turnaround which leaves them on the brink of safety.”

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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