The August nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are:
Nigel Clough (Burton Albion)
With a small squad and limited budget, Burton were expected to struggle in their first-ever Championship season, but Clough guided them to two wins and a draw, including a famous 1-0 victory over neighbours Derby.
Paul Heckingbottom (Barnsley)
New division? No problem for the man whose managerial experience only began in February. Stayed true to his attacking beliefs as his side led all Championship forward lines, scoring 12 goals as they won three of their five games.
Lee Johnson (Bristol City)
Made light of having to face all three relegated clubs in August. Always willing to change tactics to alter the course of a game, his bravery helped his side gain nine points from five games, two of which were won from a goal behind.
David Wagner (Huddersfield Town)
A stunning start to the season for Wagner’s men. The German’s methods have drawn their rewards with a haul of 13 points from his side’s opening five games. Most impressive were a draw at Aston Villa four days after victory at Newcastle.
ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2015
The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL League expert Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.