Sky Bet English Football League: Newcastle's Rafael Benitez named manager of the month
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 11/11/16 8:13am
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has won the Championship manager of the month award for October.
The Spaniard led his side to five straight wins over Rotherham, Brentford, Barnsley, Ipswich and Preston - three of which were away from home - to affirm their position at the top of the table.
Benitez beat Brighton's Chris Hughton, Preston boss Simon Grayson and Leeds manager Garry Monk, who all had excellent Octobers, to the award.
But Benitez' star striker Dwight Gayle, who scored four goals in those five games, has missed out on Championship player of the month award, which has gone to Fulham's Sone Aluko.
The 27-year-old forward, who joined from Hull in the summer, scored a stunning goal in the west London derby win over Brentford and provided a hat-trick of assists as the Whites demolished Huddersfield 5-0.
Bolton have captured a double award as boss Phil Parkinson has been named Sky Bet League One manager of the month and Zach Clough is the player of the month for October.
The pair made huge contributions to Wanderers moving second in the table with six successive wins, bringing the Greater Manchester club to within three points of league-leaders Scunthorpe.
Carlisle are also double winners, with manager Keith Curle and midfielder Jason Kennedy winning the respective awards in Sky Bet League Two.
The Cumbrians won five games on the bounce including beating Crawley and Morecambe and Kennedy scored five crucial goals from midfield.