The March nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award are:
Daniel Farke (Norwich City)
The German keeps being nominated because his team keeps winning. Five straight victories in March, which established a five-point lead, were built as much on resilience and determination as on Norwich’s free-flowing football.
Jose Gomes (Reading)
His impact since he arrived in Berkshire in December has been slow, not spectacular, but proof that his methods are working came in the form of ten points from five games and the beginnings of a climb towards safety.
James Shan (West Bromwich Albion)
Thrust unexpectedly into the caretaker role with Albion in danger of slipping out of the play-off positions, he has skilfully re-established calmness and stability among his players, who responded with nine points from nine.
Dean Smith (Aston Villa)
A perfect month and maximum 15 points from five games included wins over three Midlands rivals - Derby, Nottingham Forest and, of course, Birmingham