O’s boss up for Sky Bet award

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:00 08 March 2016

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan (centre) celebrates their win at Portsmouth with goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison (left) and assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler.

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan (centre) celebrates their win at Portsmouth with goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison (left) and assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler.

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Former West Ham United captain nominated for February’s manager of the month in League Two

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two manager of the month award for February.

The 33-year-old has been shortlisted for the prize after guiding his team to three victories out of four with their only defeat coming against division leaders Northampton Town.

Jobi McAnuff’s goal ensured O’s started February with a fine 1-0 success at their play-off rivals Portsmouth.

After losing at home to the Cobblers, more strong defensive displays earned a win at Notts County with Shaun Brisley scoring the only goal of the game.

Then Armand Gnanduillet hit a brace at Brisbane Road against Crawley Town at the end of the month to give them nine points out of a possible 12 for February.

But Nolan is rivalled for the award by AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley as well as Northampton manager Chris Wilder.

Luton Town’s Nathan Jones is also up for the gong, but his 1-0 win at Orient on Saturday won’t count towards the decision as it occurred in March.

Wilder looks likely to take the honours after winning five of his six fixtures last month, but Nolan’s nomination shows he is making good progress at Brisbane Road.

A judging panel comprising former Ipswich Town boss 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 will make a decision on the winner with the announcement due Friday morning.

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