Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award for December.
The nomination comes in a month which saw the Stags win all of their three league games played against Carlisle United, Salford City and Hartlepool United.
The gaffer's squad have extended an excellent run of form to ten wins from eleven matches.
Sky Bet have named four managers on their December shortlist, with their reasons for nomination listed below:
Jon Brady (Northampton Town)
Limited to just two away fixtures because of postponements, Brady’s team won them both, at promotion rivals Exeter and Harrogate. They continued their mastery at set pieces with three of their four goals coming via that route.
Nigel Clough (Mansfield Town)
A second successive nomination for Clough whose surging side earned a maximum nine points from three games and moved into the top half. Pivotal to that was a 3-2 win over Hartlepool from 2-0 down in the Field Mill mist.
Keith Hill (Scunthorpe United)
Hill inherited a side with a year-long losing culture. He has brought solidity and gradually instilled confidence where it was lacking. Scunthorpe were unbeaten in December, picking up a crucial 3-1 win at relegation rivals Oldham.
Micky Mellon (Tranmere Rovers)
While other teams suffered call-offs, Mellon’s side played on – and how. They won all four of their fixtures without conceding a goal to retain their status as the best defensive unit in all three EFL divisions and move into the top three.
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