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NATHAN NOMINATED FOR MANAGER OF THE MONTH

2 May 2017

Six unbeaten sees the gaffer shortlisted

After a run of six games without defeat through April, Hatters boss Nathan Jones has been nominated for Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month.

With back-to-back wins over Blackpool and Barnet followed by draws against Leyton Orient and Mansfield and another two victories against in-form pair Notts County and Accrington Stanley, the Welshman has been nominated for a third time this season.

He is up against Portsmouth boss Paul Cook, Carlisle's Keith Curle and Newport County's Mike Flynn, but after securing a play-off place with Saturday's 4-1 victory at the Wham Stadium, let's hope 14 points from a possible 18 can land Nathan a first monthly award.

Here's what the EFL have to say about the four contenders:

Paul Cook (Portsmouth)
Timed his side’s promotion push to perfection with 16 points from six unbeaten games, clinching a place in League One next season. Shrewdly found a way to manage expectations, yet still allow his players to play with freedom.

Keith Curle (Carlisle United) 
Began the month under tremendous pressure as Carlisle had slipped out of the top seven they had occupied all season. Curle refused to panic. His rewards were improved performances, nine points and a return to the play-off places.

Mike Flynn (Newport County)
Managing your hometown club can weigh heavily. Taking over when they are 11 points from safety and about to lose their EFL status is almost impossible, but Flynn has done it with passion. Four wins from six games lifted County out of the bottom two.

Nathan Jones (Luton Town)
April began with Luton struggling for form. Jones wasn’t about to let their hard work this season go to waste and inspired an unbeaten run through a tricky fixture list which earned 14 points from six games and a play-off berth.


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