The November nominations for the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month Award are...
Neil Cox (Scunthorpe United)
A run of five straight defeats to promotion-chasing sides followed by a Covid-19 shutdown had Cox wondering if management was for him. A turnaround of seven points from four games was impressive given the circumstances.
Ian Dawes (Tranmere Rovers)
Asked to halt their downward spiral while a new manager was found, Dawes guided Rovers to successive away wins at Harrogate and Port Vale before signing off his three-game stint as caretaker in style with a 5-0 rout of Grimsby.
Ian Evatt (Bolton Wanderers)
Evatt’s first task at Bolton was to halt and then turn around a juggernaut of doom by instilling a winning culture. He did that so successfully in November that 13 points were won from five unbeaten games with a 9-2 goal differential.
Harry Kewell (Oldham Athletic)
What a pity no Oldham fans witnessed Kewell’s goal happy team in November. Yes, they concede a fair few, too, but victories over promotion-chasing Cheltenham and Exeter, as well as a 4-3 win at Barrow, make them very watchable.
The November nominations for the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month Award are...
Jevani Brown (Colchester United) – attacking midfielder
Thrust further forward from his usual central midfield role brought remarkable dividends with five goals in successive games against Stevenage and Leyton Orient. His finishing instincts may make the positional switch permanent.
Matt Gilks (Bolton Wanderers) - goalkeeper
At 38, Gilks is Bolton’s goalkeeping coach. In November he conceded just one goal in four games and proved that agility has no sell-by date with a series of brilliant stops against Salford and a superb age-defying save at Stevenage
Matt Jay (Exeter City) - midfielder
His technique and vision were at the heart of Exeter’s striking prowess as they scored 11 goals in four games. Jay contributed three and added an assist from his attacking midfield role, always seeming to find the right pass.
Danny Rowe (Oldham Athletic) – striker
Rowe demonstrated his all-round striking talents during November. His three goals included a thunderbolt of a free-kick at Exeter, a header and a penalty, while his cross brought what proved to be a last-minute winner at Barrow.