Stam and Warnock in hunt for top award

Western Mail - - SPORT -

THEY go head-to-head on Mon­day night, but will Read­ing’s Jaap Stam or Cardiff’s Neil Warnock go into the game clutch­ing the Sky Bet man­ager of the month award for Novem­ber?

Roy­als boss Stam has been named on a four-man short­list af­ter a pro­duc­tive time for Read­ing – earn­ing some valu­able re­sults against some hardy op­po­si­tion.

The month be­gan with a 4-2 win at a Derby County side which en­tered the match on a four-game win­ning streak, and ended with an emphatic 3-0 vic­tory at home against Barns­ley.

Be­tween those fix­tures were draws with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Bolton – the lat­ter com­ing from two goals down to se­cure a point – and a loss to cur­rent league lead­ers Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers.

Along­side Stam, three other Cham­pi­onship bosses are also in the run­ning af­ter their teams im­pressed through­out the month.

As­ton Villa boss Steve Bruce is one of the names on the short­list – in part due to four wins in five games, propelling the Mid­lands club into the play-off spots as we ap­proach the mid-point of the league sea­son.

Nuno Espir­ito Santo and Wolves had an­other pro­lific month, estab­lish­ing them­selves at the sum­mit, with the Roy­als one of four teams to be beaten by the Mo­lineux out­fit as they earned a perfect record through­out Novem­ber.

And, fi­nally, Warnock earned three wins from four games as Cardiff man­ager to help ce­ment their cur­rent po­si­tion in the sec­ond au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spot.

The judg­ing panel com­prises former Ip­swich Town man­ager Ge­orge Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL League ex­pert Don Good­man; EFL Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor Drew Bar­rand, League Man­agers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Di­rec­tor Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL Trader Mikey Mum­ford. The win­ner of the award will be an­nounced by the EFL to­day.

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