The nominations are in for the Coca-Cola Manager of the Month awards for March and as ever the competition is fierce.

First up is the Championship where Bryan Gunn, Kevin Blackwell, Owen Coyle and Mick McCarthy go head to head for the award.

Gunn's Norwich City started the month without a win in seven games but kicked off March with a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers, thanks to a goal from Darel Russell. A 2-0 defeat at Blackpool
followed but the Canaries got back to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over Cardiff City and a 1-0 victory over Plymouth. The month ended with a 1-1 draw with promotion hopefuls Birmingham City.

Kevin Blackwell's Sheffield United side edged closer to securing their play-off place with four wins and two draws. They started the month with a 2-1 win over fellow promotion chasers Birmingham City, before securing the same result at Coventry City. Draws with QPR and Blackpool followed before ending the month with a 4-2 home win against Derby County and a 3-0 reverse at Ninian Park, in a game which saw Cardiff City reduced to nine men.

Owen Coyle's Burnley have had an excellent season so far and sit fifth in the table thanks to four wins and one draw last month. A 1-0 win over local rivals Blackpool, was followed up with a 4-2 win over Crystal Palace and a 5—0 drubbing of Nottingham Forest. The only game the Clarets didn't win was against Ipswich Town, when they drew 1-1 but got their promotion push back on track with a 2-1 win over Plymouth.

Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers remain top of the Championship table; seven points clear of nearest rivals Birmingham City. They remained unbeaten in March, securing four wins and one draw. A goalless draw with Ipswich followed 1-0 wins over Palace and Sheffield Wednesday before they bounced back with wins over Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest. McCarthy is looking for his third Manager of the Month award of the season.

In League 1 the winner will come from Millwall, Leeds United, Peterborough United or Southend United.

Kenny Jackett's Millwall currently sit in third place in the League 1 table, just five points off an automatic promotion place. A 1-0 win at Southend and the same result against Northampton Town at home was followed by a 1-0 defeat to Leicester. A 1-0 win at Milton Keynes Dons started a three game unbeaten run which included a 3-2 win at Hartlepool and a 1-0 win at Crewe but the month ended in disappointment with a 1-0 defeat at home to Colchester United

Simon Grayson's Leeds United are up to fifth in the table after picking up 14 points during March. Draws with Oldham Athletic and Bristol Rovers kicked off the month before Leeds won four consecutive matches, which started with a 4-0 win over Yeovil Town. Wins against Swansea, Crewe and MK Dons followed during a month which saw Jermaine Beckford score six goals.

Darren Ferguson's Peterborough United side are keeping the pressure on league leaders Leicester City, with six wins out of six which closed the gap at the top to just four points. The wins came against Leyton Orient, Hartlepool, Scunthorpe United, Northampton and Bristol Rovers before they ended the month with an impressive 2-0 win over the leaders Leicester City.

Steve Tilson's Southend United have been in impressive form in recent weeks and their five wins last month moved them to within touching distance of the top six. The month got underway with a 1-0 defeat home to Millwall but they got back on track against Walsall before wins against Brighton and Hove Albion, Hereford United, Carlisle United and Hartlepool followed, the only other slip up coming at Swindon Town, when they went down 3-0 at the County Ground.

Crucial fixtures in League 2 meant a late decision on their four nominees but we now know that the choice is between Lee Richardson, Eddie Howe, John Coleman and Mark Robins.

Lee Richardson's Chesterfield have come up on the blind side to make a late surge towards the top six, thanks to five wins, three draws and one defeat in March. A win came against Bury, was followed by draws with Wycombe Wanders and Dagenham & Redbridge and a win against Grimsby. The Spireites then inflicted Brentford's first defeat in 10 games with a 1-0 win. A 3-0 defeat at Rotherham was their last before they secured wins over Rochdale and Port Vale. They ended the month with a 1-1 draw at Aldershot, where Jack Lester scored his seventh goal of the month.

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have pulled themselves out of the relegation zone and currently sit four points above second bottom Chester City. The month started with a 2-0 win over Aldershot before a goalless draw with Port Vale but back to back wins over Exeter City, Macclesfield Town and Bradford City saw them leapfrog Chester. The month ended with two defeats against Notts County and Bury.

John Coleman's Accrington Stanley eased their relegation fears with four wins, two draws and a defeat in March. A home defeat against Gillingham kicked off the month, before wins against Macclesfield, Port Vale, Exeter and Darlington and draws with Notts County and Rotherham saw them climb the table to 16th in the League 2 table.

Mark Robin's Rotherham United have had an outstanding season and made it 18 wins for the season with a 4-2 win over Luton Town on the last day of the month. Only one team in League 2 have won more games than the Millers and they are current league leaders Brentford. The wins included a 5-1 thrashing of Chester, a 3-0 win over Chesterfield and a 2-1 win at Rochdale, while they drew with Bury and Brentford. The only defeat came at home to Aldershot.


Bryan Gunn-Norwich City
Kevin Blackwell - Sheffield United
Owen Coyle - Burnley
Mick McCarthy - Wolverhampton Wanderers

League 1

Kenny Jackett - Millwall
Simon Grayson - Leeds United
Darren Ferguson - Peterborough United
Steve Tilson - Southend United

League 2

Lee Richardson - Chesterfield
Eddie Howe - Bournemouth
John Coleman - Accrington Stanley
Mark Robins - Rotherham United

The winners will be announced live on Sky Sports News at 1.20pm on Thursday.