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MARK NAMED MANAGER OF THE MONTH

Posted: Fri 10 Jan 2014
Author: Chris Wickham
Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton

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Brentford Manager Mark Warburton named Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for December

Brentford Manager Mark Warburton has been named Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for December, exactly a month after taking charge.

Mark was named Brentford Manager on December 10, a few days after former boss Uwe Rösler left the role.

The Bees have won his first five games in charge, including away wins against fellow promotion challengers Preston North End and Peterborough United.

That extended Brentford’s run of form to 12 wins in the last 13 Sky Bet League One matches and took them to the top of the table.

In December, The Bees picked up four wins out of four in Sky Bet League One.

They won away to Preston and at home to Oldham Athletic, Swindon Town and MK Dons.

They were beaten by Carlisle United in an FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round match that does not count for the award nomination and started 2014 with a win at Peterborough on January 1, a game that will count for January’s award.

The Manager of the Month award is decided by former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, League Managers Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins.

Mark was selected ahead of fellow nominees alongside Nigel Clough, of Sheffield United, Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill and Milton Keynes Dons Manager Karl Robinson.

Alan Curbishley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: “Mark Warburton has made an immediate impact on his managerial career by leading Brentford to the top of Sky Bet League One.

“Four wins from four in December ensure The Bees are perfectly placed to start the New Year.”

Don Goodman said: “Mark Warburton’s managerial career began with a four-game winning streak, continuing Brentford’s brilliant run of form that started under Uwe Rösler.

“Top of the table and another win away at promotion rivals Peterborough at the start of January to keep the Bees top would have been a massive boost for the fans to start the year.”

Paul Wiggins said: “The internal appointment at Brentford looks to have worked wonders with The Bees winning every league game in December.

“This has taken them to first in Sky Bet League 1 and they have a real chance of gaining promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

“Warburton will be looking towards top scorer Clayton Donaldson and December Player of the Month Sam Saunders to maintain their form as January progresses.”