Bury manager David Flitcroft has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for September.
It was a perfect month guided by Flitcroft’s beliefs in attacking play and some shrewd moves at the end of the transfer window.
Five wins from five games and a goal differential of 13-5 lifted Bury into the automatic promotion places
Flitcroft said: “This is a proud moment for everyone involved at the Club, but even though I get the award and the prize, I have to give credit to the staff and the lads, who all work incredibly hard. Along with the Chairman and the Board of Directors, we are all working incredibly hard to bring everyone together as one.
We've won this award as a Club but I am delighted and very proud to have beaten off some fantastic competition in Rob Page, Keith Hill and Chris Wilder.
The seasons early success has come from a lot of hard miles in the summer and looking at how we can improve. We've stabilised ourselves and consolidated in Sky Bet League One and we spent a lot of time and put in a lot of hours in order to re-shape the squad to be competitive for this season. To bring in hungry, young and dynamic players to this point has been fruitful for us.''
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Dave made some very astute signings at the end of the transfer window and that helped them to a 100% record in September.
“Their goal differential of 13 for and five against was outstanding and that pushed them into an automatic promotion place.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Such is the trend for short-lived football managers, David is now the 17th longest serving manager in English football, and is just short of three years in the job.
“This period of stability has been a successful one in Bury’s recent history and the last month’s run of form has thrown them within touching distance of the top two.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Bury were in scintillating form during September, finding the net on multiple occasions in every match, during a month which saw them take 5 wins from 5 games.
“This fivefold added up to odds of 100/1, which shows what a rare achievement it is for any club in the League. Flitcroft has a great relationship with his Chairman and has had the time to build a squad during his tenure capable of mounting a challenge for promotion.
“They will always be a goal threat with the likes of James Vaughan and Hallam Hope in the side and have put themselves in a strong position during the early going.”
The other nominated managers were Rob Page of Northampton Town, Keith Hill from Rochdale and Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder
The Sky Bet Player of the month award was won by Josh Morris from Scunthorpe United. Our own James Vaughan was amongst the four nominees for this award but we have no doubt that Vaughney will be up and running soon looking for another nomination