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Sky Bet Championship: June Manager and Player of the Month nominations

9 July 2020

The June nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are...

Lee Bowyer (Charlton Athletic)

Bowyer’s restart plans were thrown into chaos by the unavailability of leading scorer Lyle Taylor, yet he superbly re-organised his team to focus on solidity at the back and gain seven points from three games without conceding a goal.

Paul Cook (Wigan Athletic)

Unbeaten in six games prior to lockdown, a three-month break was the last thing Wigan needed, yet Cook’s genius has been to emerge from it with his side’s momentum intact, winning all three games in June with a 7-0 goal differential.

Thomas Frank (Brentford)

Not only did his side win all three June games in their customary style without conceding a goal, but they did so by beating Fulham and West Brom - two of the three teams who stood above them when the Championship resumed.

Neil Harris (Cardiff City)

Outside the play-off positions when the restart began, Harris’s side ended June in the top six with convincing two-goal victories over promotion rivals Leeds and Preston contributing to a seven-point haul from three games.

The June nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award are...

Rhian Brewster (Swansea City) - Striker

Demonstrated his growing maturity to score two of Swansea’s four goals. As well as his intelligent link-up play, he showed off his poacher’s instincts twice at Middlesbrough before a thunderous free-kick brought the equaliser at Millwall.

Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic) – Central Defender

As solid on the ground as he is in the air, the Charlton captain was the lynchpin of a defence which kept three clean sheets in as many games. He made an impact at the other end, too, bravely nodding home the winning goal at Hull.

Louie Sibley (Derby County) - Striker

Emerging from lockdown with a hat-trick away at Millwall will get you noticed. The 18-year-old danced his way through for his first goal, then stroked home two more with a calm assurance before adding an assist against Reading.

Simon Sluga (Luton Town) – Goalkeeper

His early season struggles were forgotten when he emerged from the lay-off to make a string of brilliant saves as Luton continued their revival. A superb stop earned the win at Swansea, while he was outstanding in the 1-1 draw at Leeds.

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