Chesterfield FC chief up for top accolade

Paul Cook shows his passion for the game during the local derby by Tina Jenner Chesterfield  v Mansfield Town
Paul Cook shows his passion for the game during the local derby by Tina Jenner Chesterfield v Mansfield Town

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award for September.

The Spireites chief scooped the same award for August and, with three wins from four in September, has been shortlisted alongside Keith Hill of Rochdale, Paul Cox of Mansfield Town and Jim Bentley of Morecambe.

Cook’s side remain top of the league despite defeat to arch-rivals Mansfield on Saturday (September 28) and come up against Morecambe away this coming Saturday (October 5).

Jim Bentley (Morecambe) has guided his side through an unbeaten month which had three tricky away fixtures out of four. He sent his team out to attack, scoring three times each in the wins at Southend United and Newport County in a haul of eight points in September.

Paul Cox (Mansfield Town) has adapted to life as a Football League manager with ease. An unbeaten month with ten points from 12. The highlight was a hard-fought 1-0 victory at fierce rivals Chesterfield which ended the home side’s unbeaten record.

Keith Hill (Rochdale) has instilled the kind of swagger that characterised his first spell at the club, with 12 points from 12 in September. His straight talking fits the club perfectly and helped to lift them into the early season play-off positions.