The nominations for the npower League 1 Manager of the Month award for February have been announced.

They are as follows:-

John Hughes (Hartlepool United)
John Hughes' Hartlepool looked destined for relegation around Christmas, but an undefeated February complete with four victories and two draws has breathed new life into their season. Although they finished the month in 23rd place and six points adrift of safety, this run of form will have Pools fans dreaming of a great escape.

Gary Johnson (Yeovil Town)
Yeovil Town consolidated their Play-Off place nicely in February, racking up four wins, a draw and a solitary loss in their six league fixtures. At the end of the month, only four points separated the top seven positions, so Gary Johnson's men will be only too aware of the need to continue this good form to maintain their lofty standing.

Dean Smith (Walsall)
Dean Smith's Walsall enjoyed an undefeated month comprising of three wins and two draws from their five league fixtures. Despite this fine run, Walsall finished the month in ninth place, but with the top of League 1 so congested, the Saddlers' faithful can be forgiven for feeling they are reaching top form at just the right time.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 9am.