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4 November 2015

Iron manager Mark Robins has been nominated for the Sky Bet League One manager of the month award for October.

United won five games out of six that month, and have climbed from the relegation zone up to ninth in League One.

Here is what the judging panel, comprising of former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery had to say about the four candidates:

Mark Robins (Scunthorpe United)
Only an unlucky defeat at leaders Gillingham prevented him from guiding Scunthorpe through a perfect month. Five wins from six games with a 13-5 goal differential demonstrated his ability to balance attacking play with pragmatism.

Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic)
Has taken to football management with apparent ease. He has recruited wisely and blended old and new faces into a winning side which collected 12 points from six unbeaten games, including an emphatic 5-0 win over Colchester United.

Phil Parkinson (Bradford City)
The hallmark of his four years in charge at Bradford has been a refusal to panic during the occasional poor spells. Sticking to his principles allowed him to overcome a slow start to gain 11 points from five unbeaten games in the month.

Dean Saunders (Chesterfield)
Bringing his ideas and introducing his methods into a settled environment was not an easy task, but his new-look Chesterfield side found their feet in October, winning four of their six games. The highlight was a 2-1 win at leaders Walsall.

The winning manager will be announced at 6am on Friday morning.

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