Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for October.
Jones has built a side full of attacking intent, as shown by their 13-5 goal differential in collecting 10 points from five games. A 7-1 home win over Stevenage was followed three days later by a 4-1 victory at promotion rivals Exeter.
Jones said: "I’m very proud, I know people say it every time they win but this is recognition not just for my work but for the work of the coaching staff and all the team and everyone associated with the football club. It’s nice to have it, it’s my first one and I’m very proud to have it.
“Our goal is promotion; our goal is automatic promotion. It was the same last year and we were just one place out and this year we have to go one better. It’s not pressure that anyone else is putting on us, it’s pressure we’re putting on ourselves. We believe we’ve got the tools to achieve that but so do a lot of other clubs in the league.
“I said it slightly tongue in cheek, but not tongue in cheek, that I want to be the best manager in the world and nothing changes. That is what you have to strive for if you want to achieve as much as you can.
“There’s a long way to go before that happens, but with hard work and the right opportunities, who’s to say that you can’t achieve your goals.”
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel. He said: “If you are a Luton fan, it must be very exciting watching them play at the moment. Nathan has got them playing great attacking football, scoring 13 goals in October.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Nathan is clearly an incredibly ambitious and also a very talented manager. When Luton are at their best, they are almost unstoppable and it won’t surprise me if we see more of the one-sided scorelines go in their favour throughout the season.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford said: “Nathan Jones said on record his players wanted 10 points from October. His players got their wish, they ended it with exactly that figure but perhaps, more importantly, the Hatters remained in the automatic places in League Two.
“Jones has assembled a stronger squad to the one that was beaten by Blackpool in the Play-Offs last term, and the Welshman has done remarkably well considering the expectations attached to his side following their near miss in May.
“Taking points off teams around them in Exeter and Accrington, Jones’ side have shown a resilient edge so far this term and look well placed to go one better this time around.”
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 EFL trader Mikey Mumford.