Manager recognised for three wins out of four
AFC Wimbledon’s impressive form in January had earned Neal Ardley a nomination for the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award.
The Dons won three matches out of four last month with 12 goals scored along the way.
The judging panel put together a shortlist of four managers with reasons for their selections:
Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)
Entertainment all the way from Neal Ardley’s team in January. The emphasis he places on attack draws in the crowds and accounted for three wins and 11 goals from four games as the Dons moved into the play-off picture.
Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)
Juggled his squad impressively through a crowded seven-game programme in all competitions, amassing 10 points from five league games - including a 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley - to stay in play-off contention.
Darren Way (Yeovil Town)
As first managerial jobs go, taking over a team last in the Sky Bet Football League must rank as the toughest. Two months in, Way has bred confidence, instilled organisation and led his side to three wins in four January games.
Chris Wilder (Northampton Town)
Having steered his side through the financial uncertainty of autumn, Wilder has ensured that harmony off the pitch hasn’t sated the hunger on it. A vital win at rivals Plymouth Argyle underpinned a maximum 12-point haul and sent the Cobblers top.
The winner will be announced on Friday.
The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.