Ryan Lowe has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for February and for the third time this season.
The pursuit of leaders Lincoln City continues, with Lowe’s second Manager of the Month award in as many months.
His side took over second place by extending their unbeaten run to 10 games and taking 10 points from a possible 12 - testimony to the consistency of performance he has been able to inspire.
Lowe said: “I’m over the moon to get a hat-trick of Manager of the Month awards for the season, but as I’ve said before, it’s not just me, it’s my staff, my players.
“It’s nice to have them accolades, it’s recognition we’re playing the right way, but ultimately, it’s just another personal accolade, with the big picture at the end of the season. I’d happily trade them all in for where we want to get to.
“The lads are playing well and buying into what we’re trying to do, we know we’ve got a good team, we’ve got an honest group with some talented footballers and when you’re winning games, it’s only natural you win these awards.”
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Another strong performance in February, gaining 10 points from four games, means that Bury have now gone twelve games without defeat. They are beginning to look comfortable in the automatic promotion places and won’t let up over the remaining fixtures.
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Bury have been one of the standout attacking teams not only in the EFL, but across English football this season
“Nicky Maynard and Jay O’Shea continue to provide bundles of goals, and Lowe’s ability to keep the focus week in, week out means that Bury fans dreams of promotion are becoming more real by the week.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Thanks to four wins and a draw in the last month, Ryan Lowe’s side are now just two points off top spot in League Two and are breathing down Lincoln City’s neck.
“The Shakers should be promoted – they are 1/10 to go back up to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking - but they will firmly have their sights set on the title which they are currently priced up as 9/4 second favourites for.”
The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies.