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Sky Bet EFL September Manager of the Month winners

8 October 2021

The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Manager of the Month Awards for September are:

Sky Bet Championship: Scott Parker (Bournemouth)

Bournemouth manager Scott Parker has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for September.

In itself, 13 points from five unbeaten games is impressive enough. What is more so is that Bournemouth only fired in patches in September. Parker has added a steely determination to a side which already had flair in abundance.

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “With four wins and a draw in September, Scott Parker’s squad showed consistency that is key if you are going to have a successful season.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The Cherries are the consistent class of the Championship at the moment and, under Scott Parker’s guidance, there’s no massive bumps in the road in sight.

“Bournemouth have seemingly taken on Parker’s attributes from his playing days, adding a gritty unwillingness to lose, no matter the opposition or the challenge they pose, allied with the poise and guile he displayed at crucial moments.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Scott Parker’s Bournemouth are the only undefeated side still left in the EFL and sit top of the Championship table at the start of October having won four of their five league games during September.

“The Cherries were fourth favourites for the title before a ball was kicked at 9/1 and Sky Bet now make them 3/1 third-favourites (behind WBA and Fulham)

“We can see these three sides pulling away from the pack and expect them to be fighting it out for automatic promotion come April, with all three odds on for promotion and Bournemouth now 8/11 (from 3/1 pre-season).”

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Sky Bet League One: Liam Manning (MK Dons)

MK Dons manager Liam Manning has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for September.

A chaotic start to the season which saw Russell Martin leave and Manning arrive after it had started has settled into a smooth transition. Manning’s calm, possession-based style won 11 points from five unbeaten September games.

Manning said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to win this award but it’s important for me to highlight that this is a collective effort – this award is for everybody at MK Dons.

“Our form and success in September was a result of everyone’s hard work – the support staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare the players to go out and perform and, ultimately, the players themselves for producing the performances.

“It’s been a really good start to the season for us but there is still a long way to go - we have to keep pushing and fighting to sustain our level of performance and continue producing results for the football club.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Hitting 12 goals and playing some exciting football, Liam has calmly steered MK Dons into third place in Sky Bet League One.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “It’s never easy taking a job in the circumstances Liam Manning encountered, but the 36-year-old hasn’t been even briefly fazed, as he’s quickly settled into life as the big boss at Stadium: MK.

“What could have been a disastrous start to the season has turned into a strong run of early form, with MK Dons unbeaten in September, while picking up a useful 11 points, a magnificent effort.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Liam Manning’s MK Dons went unbeaten during September, winning three and drawing two of their five league matches as they climbed into the Play-Off places and into 11/4 to be promoted this season.

“Manning was only appointed in August after Russell Martin left for Swansea and at that point The Dons were a 6/1 chance to be promoted.

“After losing his first game in charge, Manning’s side then went nine game undefeated to steady the ship and now look like promotion candidates.

“We rate MK Dons as the fifth best side in the division, and have been impressed with what Manning has done so far.”

Sky Bet League Two: Darrell Clarke (Port Vale)

Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for September

The springtime revival under Clarke saw Vale win eight games out of nine. Could another run be on the way after a slow start to the new campaign burst into life last month with nine points out of 12 and three successive victories?

Clarke said: “I’m delighted to win the award, it’s been a great collective effort from everyone involved in the club, the supporters, the owners, the backroom team and the players, so delighted to achieve this personal accolade.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Back-to-back away wins has demonstrated that Darrell’s team has the resilience and momentum needed to be challenging at the top.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “The Valiants didn’t kick off the 2021 season with the gusto they would have wanted, but they looked rejuvenated in September under the stewardship of Darrell Clarke.

“After a high-scoring defeat to Rochdale, Port Vale seemed to turn a corner, picking up three straight September victories to kick off an impressive run of wins that is yet to come to an end.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Darrell Clarke’s Port Vale side took nine points out of a possible twelve during September as The Valiants climbed up to third place in League Two and into the automatic promotion places.

“League Two is such a competitive league and you could throw a blanket over most of them before the season started.

“Vale were a 7/2 shot for promotion before a ball was kicked (now into 2/1) and although FGR have stretched away, we have Port Vale second in our League Two ratings.”

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The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Barnsley manager Danny Wilson, Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, and Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies.

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