The August nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are:
Rob Edwards (Watford)
Winning League Two with Forest Green earned Edwards his new post, but life under the Pozzo family is very different to rural Gloucestershire. You wouldn’t know it from his serene start, earning 12 points from his first seven games.
Paul Heckingbottom (Sheffield United)
What began in late winter has continued into summer with Heckingbottom leading the Blades to the head of the Championship. Their opening seven games brought 14 points and an equally impressive 14 goals to a resurgent Bramall Lane.
Paul Ince (Reading)
It’s fair to say that Reading and optimism weren’t bedfellows before the season started. Ince has calmly thrust the doubts aside and brought new hope to Berkshire, inspiring the Royals to four impressive wins from six August fixtures.
Dean Smith (Norwich City)
If August began uneasily at Carrow Road, it ended in full Canaries birdsong after four straight wins made it 13 points from six games and a place in the top two. Smith never wavered, demonstrating his calm assurance throughout.