The December nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are:
Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United)
Management is easy when things are running smoothly. The mark of Bielsa’s impact came at Birmingham where Leeds had to take the lead four times to end a run of three winless games and make it 11 points from six matches.
Mark Bowen (Reading)
Whisper it quietly but Reading are becoming contenders once more under his shrewd guidance. With 11 points from six games, the Welshman has shored up a leaky defence and is bringing the best out of playmaker John Swift.
Gary Rowett (Millwall)
Made light of a difficult-looking fixture list by guiding his side to 11 points from six matches, including seven from trips to Bristol City, Derby County and Cardiff City, with Millwall choosing attack as the best form of defence away from The Den.
Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough)
Patience has been the key on and off the pitch at The Riverside. Woodgate has gradually instilled in his young side a steeliness to pick up points in adversity, notably a 2-0 win at West Brom which made it 13 points from six games.