The nominations are in for the Coca-Cola Manager of the Month awards with some new faces named amongst them.

In the Championship Bristol City's Gary Johnson has enjoyed an excellent month after his side won four of their six matches, losing one and drawing the other one. The wins came against Charlton, Norwich, Southampton and Reading, while their first league defeat since December 20th came against Doncaster. City ended the month in sixth place heading for a Championship Play-Off appearance for the second season in succession.

Brendan Rodgers ended February unbeaten, although his Watford team did only play three matches! All three games ended with 2-0 wins for the Hornets, against Swansea, Blackpool and Crystal Palace. The nine points saw Watford move five points clear of the relegation zone although Rodgers won't be resting on his laurels just yet.

Another side who have turned things around is Doncaster Rovers, who now sit nine points clear of the bottom three after an excellent February. Sean O'Driscoll's side won all bar one of their five league games, three of which came at home against Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Derby County.

Chris Coleman is the final nominee in the Championship after his Coventry side stormed up the table with three league wins including victories over both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City. His side also completed an excellent FA Cup shock with a 1-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers, in a replay, after the first match ended 2-2.

In League 1 Chris Hutchings has settled in to live at Walsall well, his side picking up an impressive 11 points from the 18 available. The wins came against Yeovil, Northampton and Colchester, while they managed draws with Hartlepool and Carlisle.

Graham Turner is also nominated after his Hereford side won three of their four games played, including a 2-0 win over Leeds United, as well as victories over Cheltenham and Leyton Orient. The Bulls ended the month second from bottom in the League 1 table but now just three points off safety with at least one game in hand over the teams around them.

Gudjon Thordarsson's Crewe Alexandra are another side who have turned things around in recent weeks, climbing out of the relegation courtesy of four wins in February. They started the month with defeat at Leyton Orient before they recorded wins over Southend, Huddersfield and Yeovil before they smashed four past Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday!

Southend Manager Steve Tilson makes up the quartet after his side won four of their five games played, the only defeat coming against Crewe. Their most impressive win coming at the weekend when they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Peterborough United.

In League 2 Sammy McIlroy is the first nominee, his Morecambe side surging up the table after remaining unbeaten for the whole month. They secured wins against Brentford, Chester, Aldershot and Grimsby and picked up points against Lincoln, Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers. The 15 points saw them move to within nine points of the Play-Off places.

Andy Scott's nomination comes as no surprise with his Brentford side leading the table by four points at the end of the month. The Bees lost the first game of the month away at Morecambe before beating Chester, Port Vale, Rochdale and Bury.

Keith Hill's Rochdale side moved into the automatic promotion places, leapfrogging Wycombe into second place. They may have lost to Brentford and drawn with Morecambe but they took all three points from Chester, Macclesfield, Darlington and Grimsby.

Completing the quartet of nominations is Exeter boss Paul Tisdale after his side also went through the entire month unbeaten, picking up 11 points from their five matches. The victories came against Macclesfield, Aldershot and Darlington and took them to sixth in the table at the end of the month, just four points of the top three.


Gary Johnson (Bristol City)
Brendan Rodgers (Watford)
Sean O'Driscoll (Doncaster Rovers)
Chris Coleman (Coventry City)

League 1

Chris Hutchings (Walsall)
Graham Turner (Hereford United)
Gudjon Thordarson (Crewe Alexandra)
Steve Tilson (Southend United)

League 2 

Sammy McIlroy (Morecambe)
Andy Scott (Brentford)
Keith Hill (Rochdale)
Paul Tisdale (Exeter City)

The winners will be announced on Thursday 5th March at 1.20pm on Sky Sports News.