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Wilder named Manager of the Month for April

3 May 2019

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Chris Wilder has been named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for April.

In a month when promotion back to the Premier League was confirmed, the Blades picked up a total of 14 points from six games, including wins home wins against Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town and victories on the road at Preston North End and Hull City.

It's the second time in three months that the Blades boss won the award, following a February that yielded 13 points from a possible 15.

Wilder remarked: "I accept this award on behalf of everyone at the club, particularly those who work tirelessly away from the lights to give the players the platform to perform to the levels they consistently have all season.

"At this stage of the season, under the pressure we were under, to remain unbeaten throughout the month and add 14 decisive points to our tally is nothing short of remarkable."

The other nominees were...

Paul Cook (Wigan Athletic)
Wigan's April fixture list threw up games against five promotion chasers. Cook's side compiled a winning record to stay up. Their six matches yielded nine points and included a memorable comeback win at Leeds with ten men.

Graham Potter (Swansea City)
Full of verve and attacking intent, his side swept all before them to mount a late promotion charge. Their 16 points from seven games were matched by 16 goals as the Swans rediscovered the club's trademark style of play.

Dean Smith (Aston Villa)
A second straight nomination for Smith whose Villa side simply kept on winning, adding five more victories to their March run and 16 points from six games. Handing Jack Grealish the captaincy may prove to be the defining masterstroke of his tenure.

The judging panel comprised former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports' EFL League expert Don Goodman; EFL Senior Media Manager Rob Meaden, League Managers' Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL Trader Ivor Davies.

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