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AWARD: Coley wins Manager of the Month

Reds boss clinches the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month award for November

11 December 2020

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman has won the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month award for November.

In their summary of the month, Sky Bet reported: "While other teams have had more games, Stanley are simply winning most of the ones they play, amassing 10 points from four fixtures on their return from a COVID-19 enforced lay-off.

"Coleman's team didn't concede a goal all month, either."

Speaking about the award, Coleman said: "It should be named Team of the Month to be honest, I'm just a small part of it.

"We've got great staff here who work ever so hard, prepare really well for the games and the players have been running themselves into the ground.

"They practically crawl off the pitch, it's a pat on the back for them really."

Former Barnsley manager Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: "Ten goals scored and zero conceded in four games put John Coleman's side within touching distance of the Play-Offs with games in hand."

Sky Sports' EFL pundit Don Goodman said: "Accrington faced a reduced fixture list in November due to COVID-19 troubles, but they absolutely made the most of the four games they were able to play.

"Coleman's troops picked up three wins, one draw and didn't concede a single goal during November, continuing his amazing work and making him the clear winner of this month's award."

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: "After a two week shutdown in October due to COVID, manager John Coleman guided his side to three wins and a draw in November as the Lancashire club went from twelfth place in the table to seventh.

"Coleman has regularly punched above his weight with Stanley and once again they're exceeding our pre-season expectations that his side might be closer to the relegation places than the Play-Offs this season.

"We rated them as a 16/1 shot for promotion and a 2/1 shot for relegation before a ball was kicked, but after their good form we have cut them into 8/1 to be promoted to the Championship.

"If they can win a couple of their games in hand, expect that price to continue to squeeze, as they would be left in the automatic promotion places and have Accrington fans dreaming of another miracle under Coleman."

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