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

They are as follows:-

Dean Smith (Walsall)
Though he may have wanted more wins, four draws and two victories ensured an undefeated March for Dean Smith and his Walsall side. Finishing the month four points adrift of the Play-Offs, fans of the Saddlers will be hoping this 'hard to beat' mantra can steer them to a shot at promotion.

Russell Slade (Leyton Orient)
With a total of seven fixtures played, Russell Slade negotiated his O's through a tricky period, collecting 14 points in March. With just one defeat, Leyton Orient finished the month just outside of the Play-Offs with five games to play.

Guy Whittingham (Portsmouth)
It's been a tough season for Pompey fans, but the performance of the team in March certainly gave hope for the future. While relegation may still remain the most likely outcome for Pompey, just one loss in six games suggests that they will be up for the fight right until the end.

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