The nominations for the npower Championship Manager of the Month award for September have been announced.

They are as follows: -

Dougie Freedman (Crystal Palace)
With four wins and a draw, Dougie Freedman's Crystal Palace top the form charts for September and are now well in contention to challenge for a Play-Off position. The popular Glaswegian has made a great impact at Selhurst Park and the Eagles faithful now have every reason to be optimistic for the rest of the season.

Malky Mackay (Cardiff City)
With four wins from their five September fixtures, Cardiff City are once again challenging for promotion to the Premier League. Under Malky Mackay's tutelage, the Bluebirds finished September in second place, only trailing league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion on goal difference.

Nigel Pearson (Leicester City)
Now in his second spell with Leicester City, Nigel Pearson has had a great month with the Foxes, winning four and losing one of their five September fixtures. After a slow start, this run has pushed Leicester into the Play-Off positions and fans will be silently hopeful that this run will kick-start a concerted promotion challenge.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 10am.