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Boss named Manager of the Month

8 January 2016

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for December.

Consistency has been a problem for Adkins' side this season, something he managed to rectify last month.

United gained nine points from nine and only conceded one goal as they moved back into the promotion picture, whilst progressing to the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Adkins said: "On behalf of the players, staff and all at Sheffield United FC, I'd like to thank Sky Bet and The Football League for this Manager of the Month award. It is in recognition of our winning football during the month of December."

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: "December proved to be an excellent month for Nigel as his team gained a 100% record and only conceded one goal in three games.

"This is the consistency which he has been looking for and it has taken the club back into the promotion mix."

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "Nigel's perfect December has thrown the League 1 promotion chase back open.

"Sheffield United were hotly-tipped for promotion before the season, but their inconsistency has hindered them up until now. I expect them to push on from their strong Christmas form and must now be considered genuine promotion contenders."

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: "After a tougher than expected start to the season, Nigel Adkins has started to steer the Blades in the right direction.

"Three wins out of three made it a Happy Christmas period for the Sheff Utd manager, which included a crucial win over promotion rivals Coventry.

"The treble was priced at 11/1 before a ball was kicked and Adkins will be hoping for a few more good runs to push the Blades back into contention for at least a Play-Off spot with hopes of returning to the Championship at the end of the season.

"We now have Sheffield Utd priced at 7/1 to be promoted via the Play-Offs."

In the Sky Bet Championship, Aitor Karanka of Middlesbrough was named Manager of the Month.

The Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month Award went to Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry.

The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports' Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers' Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery

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