The nominations for the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month award for January have been announced.

They are as follows:-

Joe Dunne (Colchester United)
The Irishman has quietly built an attacking side at Colchester, which was on display in January as the U's picked up seven points from three games. That included convincing 3-0 and 4-2 wins over Gillingham and Carlisle United, respectively, to move up the table.

Russell Slade (Leyton Orient)
Slade made astute transfer window signings to cover injuries in his squad and fitted the new arrivals in so seamlessly that Orient picked up a maximum 12 points from four matches, conceding just a solitary goal in the process.

Dean Smith (Walsall)
A difficult-looking January fixture list proved no barrier to an unbeaten month for Dean Smith and his men - the highlight being a 5-1 away win at Notts County. The manager has drawn consistency from his players which helped to lift Walsall into the Play-Off places.

Mark Warburton (Brentford)
Warburton is making Sky Bet Football League management look easy, garnering another 13 points from five unbeaten matches in January. He has made a seamless transition into the job.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News.