Manager of the Month: February winners

The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Manager of the Month Awards for February are…

Sky Bet Championship: Mick McCarthy (Cardiff City)

Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for February.

McCarthy has made an astounding impression in south Wales, re-igniting Cardiff’s promotion ambitions as they collected 19 points from a potential 21. His man-management skills have been evident in his dealing with of mercurial, if fitful, midfielder Harry Wilson.

McCarthy said: “It’s a stunning feeling to have received this on the back of the unbeaten run we had by the month. It’s a mirrored image on the players, TC and the workers we have now on the membership. You don’t win these awards with out them.

“The players have finished every little thing we’ve requested of them and have responded really well. It’s a pleasant feeling for everybody on the membership because it means we’ve been doing alright, doesn’t it?”

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

He said: “What a fantastic turn in fortunes Mick has overseen at Cardiff. 19 points from a potential 21 has them banging on the Play-Off positions’ door.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Though the Tony Pulis stint at Sheffield Wednesday didn’t work out as hoped, Neil Warnock, Chris Hughton & Mick McCarthy have highlighted that have could be a advantage. Mick McCarthy has taken Cardiff from mid-table obscurity to the sting of the Play-Offs in just over a month in cost.

“He modified to a back three at half time v Barnsley in his first recreation in cost once they wanted to chase a 2-0 deficit, drew 2-2 and haven’t appeared back since! 

“The players say that it’s the simplicity of his message and the belief he’s instilled in them that has led to the turnaround and with two earlier promotions from the Championship, while under-playing the chance publicly, ‘Large Mick’ will likely be gunning for his hattrick.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Mick McCarthy’s Bluebirds have risen from 15th to eightth place since he took over from Neil Harris in January and now sit just two points off the Play-Off locations.

“Early season struggles noticed them drift to as big as 18/1 to make the top six, however due to their kind under McCarthy, they’re now into 2/1.

“McCarthy has reignited promotion hopes amongst Cardiff supporters and though finishing within the top six alone could be some achievement, the membership priced at 10/1 to go up from 50/1 on the start of the month.”

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Sky Bet League One: Darren Ferguson (Peterborough United)

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for February. 

An ideal month of six wins noticed Posh move to the top of League One. Their 15-3 goal differential in February was exceptional in that 12 of these goals have been scored within the second half of video games – an affidavit to the fitness and perception he has instilled.

Ferguson said: “This award is for my workers and the players, they deserve it. It was a great month for us, to win all the video games that we had within the month, significantly this season with the amount of video games, was wonderful. It has put us in a good place within the league and we just want to hold it on.”

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

He said: “An ideal February for Posh and Darren, with 18 points and a hatful of goals to place them within the pole place with video games in hand.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “No manager has received this award greater than Darren Ferguson’s 5 since 2013, which highlights his skill to get a tune out of his a lot modified Peterborough sides over that time. 

“Darren nevertheless, received’t be happy with a line of Manager of the Month awards on his shelf whereas the membership are nonetheless trying to find that elusive promotion that will take them and their proficient side to the following level. February’s efforts put them in prime place.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Darren Ferguson guided Peterborough to 6 wins in six video games throughout February as his side topped League One going into March.

“Posh have been as short as evens to win the league after they defeated Wigan 2-0 to make it six wins on the bounce however after a few defeats within the last week they’ve now drifted out to five/2 second favourites behind Hull (7/4 favs) who beat Posh 3-1 on Tuesday at London Highway.

“We nonetheless charge Ferguson’s males extremely and with a entrance three of Clarke-Harris, Dembele and Szmodics to name upon, it received’t be lengthy till they’re back on the winning path once more.

“They nonetheless have two video games in hand on Hull as well on the top and we have now them at 4/6 to be promoted this season from 13/8 on the start of February.”

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Sky Bet League Two: Ian Evatt (Bolton Wanderers)

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for February.

Following a January wherein Bolton shone within the switch market greater than on the pitch, Evatt shrewdly knitted his current squad and new acquisitions collectively as Wanderers collected 16 points from six unbeaten video games to grow to be promotion contenders.

Evatt said: “It’s a reward for all of my workers for all of the hard work we’re placing in to organize the players well and additionally it’s an acknowledgement for the players who’re going out there and performing to the degrees we expect.”

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

He said: “What a great set of ends in February for Ian and his Bolton side. The team has rocketed into the top six with 16 from a potential 18 points, recorded at a really well timed a part of the season.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Having labored their means into Play-Off competition in November, Bolton slipped proper down the league on the turn of the year, discovering themselves all the best way down in 19th place on the end of January.

“Nevertheless, there was one other enormous turnaround in fortunes, with 5 wins and a draw in February to see them as soon as once more contained in the Play-Off positions – and in the event that they do go on and get promoted, February will go down because the pivotal month wherein Ian Evatt discovered the key to getting the constant performances he’s been after.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Ian Evatt’s Bolton side have now stretched their unbeaten run to 10 video games as they received 5 and drew their different recreation in February which noticed them close the hole to the automated promotion locations to just 4 points.

“The Trotters have taken 26 points from a potential 30 accessible since fellow promotion chasers Tranmere defeated them in mid-January, with this run seeing their odds of being promoted back to League One tumble from 20/1 into the present value of 13/8.

“Evatt is getting his concepts throughout to the players and it’s been a exceptional turnaround in kind this calendar year with Bolton now on their best run since 2006 within the days of Sam Allardyce.

“On the back of this run they’re as short as 12/1 to win the title this season having been well supported at costs as big as 200/1 a month in the past.”


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