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Paul Lambert named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month

7 April 2017

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Paul Lambert has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for March.

Three successive wins to close out March, which included victories in west London at Fulham and Brentford, lifted Wolves out of the relegation spots and vindicated Lambert’s trust in his side to turn good performances into points.

The manager said: “It’s really pleasing to win the award. First and foremost, I’ve got to thank the players, they’re the ones that actually play the games and get results and they’ve come through a little sticky patch and the form has been excellent. I’m really delighted for everybody at the club.

“I think the Brentford game, we were excellent from start to finish, I think we played really well and that was the catalyst to the next game against Fulham which was really tough as well.

“We need to keep carrying on winning. I think that’s important. At this moment we’re six unbeaten, with five wins so we have to keep climbing the table as far as we can. Hopefully that stands us in good stead for next season.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, and he said: “Paul has shown his managerial qualities this month in taking Wolverhampton Wanderers out of the relegation spots.

“They had three consecutive victories, two of which were away from home at Brentford and Fulham. When you are in a relegation battle it is important to stay calm which Wolves have done and Paul is showing he is the right manager to help push the club up the league.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman added: “The turnaround of form that Paul Lambert has overseen over the last six weeks has been a great relief and nothing short of miraculous when you consider the results prior to that.

“Coming into the month on a four-game losing streak, Wolves lost and drew their first games before going on a five-game winning run that extends to today, and has almost certainly lifted their relegation concerns away.”

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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