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Alex Neil named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month

7 October 2016

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for September.

The emphasis Neil places on attack saw Norwich score at least two goals in every September game, winning four out of five to move into the automatic promotion places.

Neil said: “It [this award] is recognition of how well the team’s done over the last month, which is nice for everybody involved.

“The scorelines the games in the month have been quite tight, but the gulf between ourselves and the opposition is probably more than the scorelines suggest.

“We’re now up to second, but disappointingly we didn’t pick up the points we thought we deserved at Newcaslte. We’ve got a lot to be happy about, however a lot still to work on.”

George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: “After the disappointment of relegation, Alex has got Norwich City playing exciting, attacking football.

“The month almost ended unbeaten and top of the table but unfortunately they conceded two very late goals in a really exciting game at Newcastle.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Alex will be confident that the experience he gained in the last Championship campaign two years ago will stand him in good stead as Norwich battle for promotion once again.
“The owner’s decision to stick by him must have been a no-brainer and looks to have paid dividends so far this term and I feel confident that they’ll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Neil and his Norwich side were seconds away from recording a perfect September before Newcastle stunned them with a late comeback in a 4-3 victory.

“Whilst that defeat will have left a bitter taste in the mouth, Neil can be proud of a month which saw the Canaries roar into promotion contention after a stuttering August.”

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.

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