The nominees for April's Manager of the Month awards have been revealed, with the winners due to be announced on 1:20pm on Thursday on Sky Sports News.
It was a dramatic final month in the Coca-Cola Championship with Wolverhampton Wanderers securing promotion to the Premier League, before a three-horse race for the final automatic promotion place between Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Reading was finally won on the final day of the season by Alex McLeish's men.
McLeish is nominated for the April Manager of the Month award after Birmingham sealed their promotion with a 2-1 away win over Reading on the final day of the season. The Scot also guided his team to a morale boosting win over rivals Wolves before two consecutive draws and a win over Watford. Defeat to Preston North End in the penultimate game of the campaign almost scuppered the Blues hopes of promotion, but they bounced back in the best possible style.
Alan Irvine is also nominated for the award after winning the final four games of the season to secure Preston's Play-Off position. A draw and a defeat started the month before wins over Doncaster Rovers, Cardiff City - a 6-0 hammering, high-flying Birmingham and finally, Queens Park Rangers, earned the club a sixth place finish.
Burnley's Owen Coyle will be hoping to add to his September Manager of the Month accolade by winning April's award. Coyle's men lost just once in April and picked up three wins, including victory over Bristol City on the final day, to secure fifth place and give the Clarets real hope of promotion via the Play-Offs.
The final Championship nominee is Mick McCarthy. The Wolves manager is gunning for his third award of the season after guiding his team to four wins in their final six matches as the club finished the season as Champions.
It also proved a fascinating end to the season in League 1, with all four nominees worthy winners of the April Manager of the Month award.
First up, Leicester City's Nigel Pearson. The Foxes boss steered his side to four wins in their final six matches, with no defeats in the final month of the campaign. A 2-0 away win over Southend United was the moment Pearson had been waiting for, as the club were confirmed as League 1 Champions.
Peterborough United's Darren Ferguson is the second nominee as he guided the Posh to the second automatic promotion spot. Ferguson's men only lost once in April and beat Oldham, Stockport and Colchester to hold on to second place.
Roberto Di Matteo is the third nominee. The Milton Keynes Dons' manager saw his team rack up six wins from their final seven matches of the season which boosted the club to a third place finish in the league. Among the highlights were away wins at Scunthorpe, Northampton and Hereford.
Leeds United boss Simon Grayson is the fourth and final Manager of the Month nominee in League 1. Five wins from their final seven matches secured the club's place in the Play-Offs. A 3-0 win over Northampton Town on the last day of the season condemned the Cobblers to relegation and saw the Elland Road side jump into fourth place.
Brentford's Andy Scott is the first nominee for the League 2 Manager of the Month award. Scott guided the Bees to four wins, two draws and one defeat in their final seven matches of the season as the club were confirmed as League 2 Champions after a 3-1 victory over Darlington.
After a less than successful March, Wycombe managed to get their promotion push back on track in April and manager Peter Taylor is the second nominee after helping the club to third place in the league. 13 points from a possible 21 proved enough for the Chairboys to secure their place in League 1 next season.
Bury's Alan Knill is in the running for his third Manager of the Month award this season. The club were undefeated throughout April, as their unbeaten streak stretched to 12 matches at the end of the campaign. However, wins over Shrewsbury Town, Macclesfield Town and Accrington Stanley weren't quite enough for the club to stay in the top three, and they'll now have to earn promotion the hard way via the Play-Offs.
Paul Tisdale is the final League 2 nominee. The Exeter City manager steered the Grecians to second place in the league with four wins in their final six matches. The other two results were draws against Brentford and Morecambe, as the club went through the final month unbeaten. The promotion is Exeter's second in successive seasons after coming up from the Blue Square Premier last summer
So with all the nominees announced, don't forget to tune into Sky Sports News this Thursday at 1:20pm when the winners will be announced.