Head coach up for Manager of the month...

United head coach Neil Redfearn is among four managers nominated for the Sky Bet Championship 'Manager of the Month' award for January.

Redfearn has overseen an unbeaten month in the league and has recently seen his team record back-to-wins with victories over league leaders AFC Bournemouth and Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town last Saturday.

January saw United pick up up eight points from four matches to ease worries at the club and Redfearn's side now occupy 19th place in the Sky Bet Championship table with 32 points, five points clear on the bottom three.

The month began with a tough trip to in-form Bolton Wanderers on January 10 with a Rudy Austin penalty securing a deserved point. Then another in-form side in the shape of Birmingham City were the visitors to Elland Road and Redfearn's men were unlucky to not get the three points after Luke Murphy equalised in the 86th minute to secure a 1-1 draw.

League leaders AFC Bournemouth were next up at Elland Road and Murphy was once again on the scoresheet as United ran out 1-0 winners against the Championship pace-setters on Tuesday January 20.

The month finished with a short trip to Huddersfield to face the Terriers. United took the lead through Sam Byram only for Harry Bunn to equalise before half time. But United's Billy Sharp, a second half substitute, sealed the contest in the 90th minute with a close range header.

'Redders' is up against Middlesbrough's Aitor Karanka, Steve McClaren of Derby County and Saturday's opponents, Brentford's Mark Warburton.

Here is a full list of the candidates, courtesy of Sky Bet:
Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough)
Another month in which Karanka’s side squeezed the life out of opposition attacks, conceding just one goal in four unbeaten games. Add that to their increasing fluency going forward and Karanka has the Boro faithful believing once more.

Steve McClaren (Derby County)
McClaren’s calmness and understanding of the expectations at Derby have allowed him to manage his players superbly. His team’s three wins from four games, including a vital 1-0 victory at Ipswich Town, were all achieved without conceding any goals.

Neil Redfearn (Leeds United)
Redfearn’s relaxed demeanour is putting his players at ease, and keeping supporters at Elland Road fairly happy. An eight-point haul from games against four in-form sides included a 1-0 win over leaders AFC Bournemouth.

Mark Warburton (Brentford)
Warburton’s team plays some of the most attractive football in the division. They swept to another three wins in four games to continue their unexpected promotion push. Warburton’s players fully embrace his innovative approach to management.


The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery

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