The nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for April.Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Embraced the thrill of the chase as his side collected 16 points from a possible 18, scoring 18 goals in the process as they closed in on Middlesbrough and Burnley. Their expansive football brought them at least two goals in every April game.
Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough)
Rotated his squad when he needed to in order to keep his players fresh and guided them through eight unbeaten games in a busy month which saw them consolidate their place in the automatic promotion spots, notably with a 1-1 draw at Burnley.
Dean Smith (Brentford)
A stellar month for Smith and his side. April began with Brentford hovering dangerously near the relegation zone but six wins and a draw from eight games and a 19-7 goals differential lifted them into the top 10.
Neil Warnock (Rotherham United)
Completed a remarkable escape from relegation as he oversaw seven games which yielded 10 points, three clean sheets and included a crucial and emphatic 4-0 win at rivals MK Dons. Defeat did not come until safety was assured.
The winner will be announced on Friday.