The nominations are in for The Championship Manager of the Month for August. Three of the four managers have all surprised the critics so far and couldn’t have dreamt of a better start, whilst Harry Redknapp and QPR have not succumbed to the pressures of being one of the favourites for promotion to the Premier League. But who will win? Cast your ‘The72’ votes below.
After finally selling last seasons top striker Charlie Austin to QPR, many had Burnley is firm relegation candidates. But after a steady 1-1 all draw with Bolton on the first day, Sean Dyche’s men have got stronger and stronger winning three out of four. Their most impressive victory, a 3-0 away at Pride Park, has fans confident that not only can the drop be avoided, but that actually the play-offs aren’t out of the question.
Bournemouth? Didn’t they lose 6-1 and 5-1 this month? Yes, yes they did. But somehow after five games Eddie Howe’s side lie 6th in The Championship. Their wins over Charlton, Bournemouth and Doncaster may not have been thrashings, but The Cherries have so a resilience that only comes from having someone like Howe in charge. Following a 5-1 loss to Huddersfield, Howe’s ability to remain optimistic was something to be admired. He told the BBC:
“We like to play good football and there will be no change whether we win, lose or draw.
“This style suits the players we have and this is the only way we want to play. We just have to be better at what we do.
Wigan, QPR, Watford and Reading. Just some of the teams you might expect to be sitting on top of The Championship. But Blackpool? Perhaps not. With a wafer thin squad to choose from, Ince has by no means had it easy and has been forced to make changed on numerous occasions. Neal Bishop and Chris Basham have been placed out wide as cover for Tom Ince and Matt Phillips, while youth-team players have had their dreams true by being place in the squad. But after five games, Blackpool are undefeated, and Paul Ince deservers every plaudit he gets for his juggling abilities alone.
There’s no doubt that Harry Redknapp’s QPR look like a much happier, more reliable team this year. The R’s are unbeaten in five and lie in second place just behind Blackpool with the pick of their victories coming away at Leeds and Bolton. With the squad that ‘Arry’s assembled, there’s no suprise that they are where they are, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had a good start to the season. He’s more than deserving of being in this list.