Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for April.Wednesday cantered into the Play-Offs in the end under his calm leadership and direction which allowed his side to gain five wins by a single goal margin in their haul of 19 points from seven unbeaten games in April.
Carvalhal said: “Sheffield Wednesday fans know that I prefer the collective awards more than the individual, because football is a collective sport.
“I need to thank the players, the fans, the cook, because I’m part of a big group that tries every day to be better and better. This is what the prize represents to me, a collective award that we’re very proud to receive.”
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel. He said: “Carlos has had a fabulous season with Sheffield Wednesday which has earned them a Play-Off place.
“April was another great month, with the Owls remaining unbeaten in seven games and collecting 19 points.
“They are the ‘form’ team going into the Play-Offs and must be confident of gaining promotion to the Premier League.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “There was serious competition for the Play-Off places this season, with five teams pushing really hard towards the end of the campaign.
“For a large portion of March it looked like it would be Carvalhal’s Wednesday that would drop out, but he rallied the troops and put together a string of great results to secure their place with a game to go.''
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “The pressure was really on Carlos at the start of the month, at that point it looked likely that Wednesday were going to miss out on the top six.
“Wednesday’s form throughout April has been fantastic and the run of six straight wins mean they will go into the Play-Offs high on confidence. It couldn’t have been better timed.”
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.