10 Jan Colchester U’s boss John McGreal has been named Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month
U’s boss John McGreal has been named Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for December.
Following two victories at the end of November, McGreal guided the U’s through December unbeaten, drawing one and winning three of their four fixtures.
A goalless stalemate at Mansfield was followed by a 2-1 win at home against Notts County, and then two away wins at Luton and Stevenage over the festive period put the U’s into the top ten.
McGreal took the award ahead of the three other League Two nominees, Shaun Derry (Cambridge), Paul Tisdale (Exeter) and Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe), and was obviously pleased with the recognition.
“It’s very flattering to receive the award,” he told the official website, “Steve Ball and I are obviously delighted, but the credit must go to the players for the way they’ve adapted to what we’ve asked them to do.”
“We’ve changed the system, had players come back from injury and the whole squad has had the belief and talent to go out there and perform.
“Even during the run without winning, they believed in themselves and the results in December were a reward for their hard work and application.
“They’ve shown what they are capable of and we all want to continue December’s form into the New Year and the second half of the season.”
The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL League expert Don Goodman, EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.