Steve Evans, Kenny Jackett, Mark Warburton and Steve Cotterill up for manager of the month
Last Updated: 02/04/14 7:24am
Rotherham United boast contenders in both the Manager and Player of the Month award categories for March in League One.
Millers boss Steve Evans will go up against the managers of the division’s top two clubs – Wolves’ Kenny Jackett and Brentford’s Mark Warburton – and Steve Cotterill is also given a nod following Bristol City’s resurgence.
In the Player of the Month category, Rotherham full-back James Tavernier will compete with Sheffield United midfielder Michael Doyle, Notts County striker Ronan Murray and Coventry City’s Callum Wilson, who is the leading scorer in League One.
Sky Sports here considers the managerial nominations.
Steve Cotterill (Bristol City)
Led his side out of the bottom four in convincing fashion behind an avalanche of goals — 15 in seven matches — culminating in the 5-0 thumping of Port Vale. He has bred confidence among his players and restored the faith of the fans.
Steve Evans (Rotherham United)
Evans has maintained his team’s unbeaten record since the opening day of 2014. His attacking principles were on show in the 3-0 win over promotion rivals Brentford. A haul of 17 points from seven games and a 15-2 goal count.
Kenny Jackett (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
A busy, free-scoring month in which Jackett rotated his side expertly to secure 19 points from eight games. They scored 18 goals in the process. The belief he has instilled moved Wolves six points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One.
Mark Warburton (Brentford)
His shrewd tactics in the pivotal 1-0 win away to London rivals Leyton Orient tipped the balance towards his side in the hunt for automatic promotion. Five clean sheets contributed to a haul of 14 points from seven games.
Sky Sports also considers what those players in the running for the monthly prize achieved in March.
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United)
The United captain provided an almost impregnable shield to a defence which kept six clean sheets during March. He protected the back four with numerous blocks and tackles, and was outstanding at Preston North End and Crawley Town.
Ronan Murray (Notts County)
The Irishman’s return to the line-up triggered an upturn in Notts County’s fortunes and sparked a scoring surge from the 22-year-old with five goals in four starts. His directness had defenders back-pedalling while his finishing was clinical.
James Tavernier (Rotherham United)
The pacy Newcastle United loanee has been outstanding in both defence and attack. He contributed to five clean sheets in six matches and scored three goals — two stunning free-kicks and a 30-yard pile-driver against Bristol City.
Callum Wilson (Coventry City)
The 22-year-old’s poise in front of goal continues to amaze in his first season of League football. He has assumed sole responsibility up front since Leon Clarke left. Scored in five straight games, notching seven goals in total.