After a quite remarkable month of July, Reds Head Coach, Gerhard Struber has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award.
Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United)
When it mattered, not only did Leeds not fall apart again, but the Argentine instilled such belief in his methods that his players romped to the Championship title in style with a perfect six wins from six games and a colossal 17-2 goal differential.
Steve Cooper (Swansea City)
Cooper’s mantra remained the same throughout July, instructing his players to concentrate only on what they could control. It proved wise counsel as a stunning 4-1 win at Reading made it 13 points from six games and clinched their play-off place.
Nathan Jones (Luton Town)
When July began with a 5-0 home defeat by Reading, all hope of beating the drop seemed to have gone for Luton. Jones still believed and 11 points from his team’s five remaining games restored his revered status at Kenilworth Road.
Michael O’Neill (Stoke City)
The Northern Irishman’s quiet revolution in the Potteries is quiet no more after a 13-point haul from six games eased Stoke away from relegation trouble. Harmony has returned to the club and O’Neill is drawing the best from his talented squad.
Scott Parker (Fulham)
Deprived of his side’s suspended talismanic striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for three matches, Parker coached and coaxed his side to wins over Birmingham, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff to restore their confidence and collect 14 points from six unbeaten games.
Gerhard Struber (Barnsley)
The bond between Struber and his players was evident in their wins over Nottingham Forest and Brentford. It was a bond forged by the Austrian since his arrival at Oakwell, the intangible ingredient underpinning their great escape from relegation.
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.