The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Tom Black­ett

CHAMPIONSHIP clubs are tak­ing note of the im­pact Glenn Roeder is having as man­age­rial ad­vi­sor at Steve­nage.

The for­mer West Ham and New­cas­tle boss, whose last job as a man­ager was with Nor­wich from 2007-09, has helped Darren Sarll to trans­form Steve­nage from League Two strug­glers into pro­mo­tion con­tenders.

Roeder, 61, joined the Hert­ford­shire club al­most a year ago to as­sist rookie boss Sarll after the sack­ing of ex-Eng­land striker Teddy Sher­ing­ham.

STEVE­NAGE have moved qui­etly into pro­mo­tion con­tention in League Two, but the cat’s out of the bag now.

Red-hot striker Matt God­den has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for Fe­bru­ary, while man­ager Darren Sarll has claimed the man­ager ac­co­lade.

Boro won five and drew one game in the month to put them­selves in the thick of the pro­mo­tion bat­tle. Ahead of yes­ter­day’s big game at Lu­ton, they were sixth in the ta­ble, just four points off au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

Striker God­den has been a big fac­tor in Steve­nage’s rise, net­ting six goals in six games. In­deed, his 13 league goals since the turn of the year mean he is the top scorer in 2017 across the top four di­vi­sions.

The 25-year-old for­mer Scunthorpe and Ebb­s­fleet for­ward said: “I am de­lighted to win Player of the Month. It is a big honour and some­thing I am very proud of.

“It has been a great month and I am in the form of my life. As a team we have been do­ing fan­tas­tic re­cently.

“It is nice to get in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades but I couldn’t do it with­out my teammates.”

Man­ager Sarll added: “We have po­si­tioned our­selves nicely and my award goes to recog­nise the ex­cel­lent form we are cur­rently in in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively.

“March must now re­flect the foun­da­tions laid as we have set stan­dards far higher than ever be­fore.”

The Championship awards were won by Pre­ston winger Ai­den McGeady and Hud­der­s­field man­ager David Wag­ner, while Sh­effield United skip­per Billy Sharp and Mill­wall boss Neil Har­ris took the hon­ours in League One.

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