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5 Jan 2022

Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month: December nominations


The December nominations for the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month Award are:

Jon Brady (Northampton Town)
Limited to just two away fixtures because of postponements, Brady’s team won them both, at promotion rivals Exeter and Harrogate. They continued their mastery at set pieces with three of their four goals coming via that route.

Nigel Clough (Mansfield Town)
A second successive nomination for Clough whose surging side earned a maximum nine points from three games and moved into the top half. Pivotal to that was a 3-2 win over Hartlepool from 2-0 down in the Field Mill mist.

Keith Hill (Scunthorpe United)
Hill inherited a side with a year-long losing culture. He has brought solidity and gradually instilled confidence where it was lacking. Scunthorpe were unbeaten in December, picking up a crucial 3-1 win at relegation rivals Oldham.

Micky Mellon (Tranmere Rovers)
While other teams suffered call-offs, Mellon’s side played on - and how. They won all four of their fixtures without conceding a goal to retain their status as the best defensive unit in all three EFL divisions and move into the top three.


Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month: December nominations


The December nominations for the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month Award are:

Jake Beesley (Rochdale) - striker
Four goals and an assist in three games for the 25-year-old who has become the fulcrum of the Rochdale attack. He managed a variety of finishes, too, including a cheeky backheeled flick at Bristol Rovers and a calmly stroked clip against Newport.

John-Joe O’Toole (Mansfield Town) - central defender
When O’Toole signed a short-term contract in late October, he was shorn of match fitness and used out of position as an emergency centre-back. His reading of the game remains intact, while he scored a pivotal header against Hartlepool.

Jay Spearing (Tranmere Rovers) - defensive midfielder
The veteran provided Tranmere’s goal of the month, a superbly angled drive against Leyton Orient, and a majestic pass for their opener against Barrow. Oh, and he also shielded a back four which recorded four clean sheets.

Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) - striker
With postponements decimating their December programme, Forest Green and Stevens were limited to two matches. No matter. The mobile striker still managed three goals and two assists through his astute positional play.


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 with the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprising Goodman, Rowan and Davies.

All winners will be announced at 6am on Friday.



Micky Mellon League Two manager of the month. Chris Wilder Championship manager of the month.
League Two player of the month: Jake Beesley

our last four winners of manager of the month:
Cox March 2013 (Conference)
Cox April 2012 (Conference)
Holdsworth Oct 2009 (Conference)
Curle Nov 2003 (Division Three, now known as Football League Two)

Since our last winner, the following have been nominated:
Clough (Dec 2021, Nov 2021, Jan 2021)
Dempster (Oct 2019)

notes by Martin