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

12 November 2020

The October nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are:

Daniel Farke (Norwich City)

Players may have left Carrow Road, but the resilience Farke has instilled remains. In a spell of four straight games, his side scored three winning goals and an equaliser in the 87th minute or later to collect 13 points from six matches.

Valerien Ismael (Barnsley)

Replacing a popular manager is never easy, but creating a good impression by winning your first two games without conceding a goal definitely helps, especially given that the wins over QPR and Watford lifted Barnsley into mid-table.

Veljko Paunovic (Reading)

His side’s stunning start to the season continued with four more wins and a draw from six games. Moreover, their tally of 11 goals in those matches demonstrated how the confidence he has spread among his players is growing.

Neil Warnock (Middlesbrough)

Him again. Not content with ten Manager of the Month awards already during his storied career, Warnock is in line for another after guiding Boro through an unbeaten month with 14 points from six unbeaten games and into the play-off places.

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

Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) – striker

Four goals and two assists in six games fail to capture fully the 20-year-old’s natural footballing intelligence. Playing as a wide striker, his sense of when and how to deliver a cross is uncanny, while his finishing was seen by a curler against Brentford.

Lucas Joao (Reading) – striker

If anyone typified Reading’s burgeoning confidence it was Joao, who scored in four successive games to add to two assists in five October appearances. He played the perfect target man, displaying all his physicality and strength.

Tim Krul (Norwich City) – goalkeeper

The Dutchman kept his side in games long enough to make their late goals matter in October. His reactions and agility were on display in a penalty stop at Rotherham and a string of fine saves against Brentford and Bristol City.

Ivan Toney (Brentford) - striker

Any doubts about his ability to replicate League One form in the Championship were dispelled in a blistering spell of eight goals in six games, showcasing his positioning and poaching instincts, bravery in the air and underrated link-up play.

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