Blues' boss wins Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month for November
Southend United manager Phil Brown has been named Sky Bet League 2’s Manager of the Month for November.
Brown guided Blues to four wins and a draw in League 2 as well as a win against Morecambe in the FA Cup first round.
An unbeaten November means Blues moved up to third in the league table.
Brown was presented with his award by Sky Bet at the Boots & Laces Training Ground yesterday, and received praise from the judging panel.
Former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Phil Brown has made a very positive start to life at Southend and an unbeaten month has moved his side into the automatic promotion places.
“In an incredibly tight Sky Bet League 2 Southend are one of five teams on 33 points in the division at the end of November.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Phil is using his considerable experience to lead a Southend promotion push out of Sky Bet League 2.
"Moving from eighth to third in November is a great start. But Phil will be keen to keep the momentum going long into the new year.”
Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: “A great November has seen Phil Brown’s Blues move up the Sky Bet League 2 table and into third place.
“The former Hull and Preston manager will be looking for a further promotion on his CV this season.”
Brown himself said: “I’m delighted to have won the award because it’s showing we, as a team, are receiving recognition for the job we’re doing.
“That’s right through the team and the backroom staff. We’re all working extremely hard and we’re getting the rewards.”
Blues’ boss beat off competition from James Beattie at Accrington Stanley, Gary Rowett at Burton Albion and John Ward of Bristol Rovers.
Defender Luke Prosser, who was nominated for Player of the Month, was beaten to the award by Zavon Hines of Dagenham & Redbridge.