The September nominations for the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month Award are:
Lee Johnson (Sunderland)
False dawns have abounded on Wearside in recent seasons, but Johnson has instilled confidence in his team and calmness in the stands. His side gained 10 points from four unbeaten games, which included a clinical 5-0 win over Cheltenham.
Ryan Lowe (Plymouth Argyle)
Could the shoots of a Green Army promotion challenge under Lowe be peeking through in Devon? Based on a defence which conceded just four goals in five unbeaten matches, Argyle’s 11-point haul lifted them into the play-off places.
Liam Manning (MK Dons)
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.
Leam Richardson (Wigan Athletic)
Wigan continued their serene progress under Richardson with another three wins from four games. They are doing it in style, too, with nine goals in those four fixtures as Richardson’s summer acquisitions begin to gel together.