The gaffer is nominated after Boro picked up three league wins in the month against Bradford, Crewe and Crawley. Also up for the award is Kenny Jackett (Wolves), Steven Pressley (Coventry City) and Russell Slade (Leyton Orient) with the winner announced this Friday.
The judging panel comprises former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley; Sky Sports Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins.
The reasons given for their nominations are listed below:
Kenny Jackett (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Led his side through an unbeaten month, securing 10 points from four games, and has encouraged attacking play on their travels, winning at Colchester United and Bradford City. Has made Wolves fans believe in their team once again.
Steven Pressley (Coventry City)
Guided his team through another stellar month, collecting 13 points from a possible 15, inflicting a first defeat on leaders Leyton Orient and drawing at Wolves to move his side relentlessly towards the play-off positions.
Russell Slade (Leyton Orient)
The question of how his side would react when they stopped winning every game was answered emphatically. Three wins and a draw from five games kept Orient top, underlining the deep-seated belief he has instilled.
Graham Westley (Stevenage)
Turned around Stevenage’s poor start to the season with three wins in the month, recording their first home victories of the season against Brentford and Crawley Town and making them difficult opponents once again.