Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa one of six nominated for Championship award

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa is one of six bosses nominated for the Championship's July Manager of the Month award.

Thursday, 30th July 2020, 12:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th July 2020, 12:20 pm
SHORTLISTED - Marcelo Bielsa's perfect July with Leeds United has earned him a nomination for the Championship Manager of the Month award

Leeds won six games out of six, scoring 17 goals and conceding only two, en route to promotion and the Championship title.

His team refused to take the foot off the gas even with a Premier League place already secured, beating Derby County 3-1 away with a much changed team and then hammering Charlton Athletic 4-0 on the final day of the season.

Bielsa is up against Swansea City's Steve Cooper, who took 13 points from six games to take a play-off place. The Swans exited at the semi-final stage, however, with last night's 3-1 defeat by Brentford.

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Nathan Jones of Luton Town is also nominated, having masterminded an escape from the drop with 11 points from five games in the run-in.

Stoke City boss and award nominee Michal O'Neill guided his team to safety too, with 13 points from six games, including a hammering of Nottingham Forest and a 1-0 win over Brentford that handed the title to Leeds.

Scott Parker's Fulham is nominated for the 14 points they picked up from six games to finish in the play-off spots. They won their semi-final leg 2-0 against Cardiff City.

And Gerhard Struber, who managed the seemingly impossible in keeping a young Barnsley side in the Championship thanks to victories over Forest and Brentford, is also on the shortlist. His emotional post-match outpouring, having secured safety, will live long in the memory for Reds supporters.

The winner will be unveiled tomorrow morning.