Southampton Manager Nigel Adkins has been named npower League 1 Manager of the Month for April.

Adkins' side stand on the brink of promotion thanks to wins against Milton Keynes Dons, Charlton Athletic, Leyton Orient, Bristol Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Hartlepool United and Brentford.

Former Charlton Athletic boss Alan Curbishley chairs the npower Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: "Southampton maintained their fine form throughout April with seven wins from their eight games.

"Nigel Adkins has done a great job since his appointment and his side have all but secured promotion back to the npower Championship."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Nigel Adkins has done a fantastic job this season in what has been an incredibly competitive league.

"He deserves a great deal of credit for guiding his side through April so successfully."

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