Saddlers' boss in running for September Manager of the Month award...
SADDLERS' boss, Dean Smith, has been nominated for the Sky Bet
League One Manager of the Month award for September 2013.
The month saw us run out convincing winners at Crewe Alexandra before beating Wolves at Molineux and then becoming the first side to take points off Leyton Orient, a feat made even more impressive as we played for over 70 minutes with just ten men.
The full list of managers nominated for the award is, as follows:
Darren Ferguson (Peterborough United)
Even more impressive than his side’s ten points from four games is that three were away from home, while two of the wins - against previously unbeaten Milton Keynes Dons and Rotherham United – came through the team spirit he has instilled.
Simon Grayson (Preston North End)
A perfect month with a maximum four victories and a goal differential of 8-2. The experience he brought in through the likes of Kevin Davies this summer began to pay off and brought belief back to the Deepdale faithful.
Graham Kavanagh (Carlisle United)
An impeccable audition for the Carlisle United post, leading to his full-time appointment. Succeeding Greg Abbott, he infused the Carlisle team with a confidence that had been missing, leading them to three wins out of three and a mid-table position.
Dean Smith (Walsall)
Masterminded an outstanding sequence of results in an unbeaten month given the opposition. It included ending Leyton Orient’s perfect record and winning the Black Country derby against Wolverhampton Wanderers, both on their travels.
The winners will be announced on Friday, October 4th 2013
Head of Football Paul Wiggins.Sky Bet
The judging panel comprises of former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley; Sky Sports Football League expert and former Saddler Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Director Olaf Dixon and