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Gillingham boss Steve Lovell named League One Manager of the Month for January

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell is named League One Manager of the Month for January thanks to four wins out of four and a rise to 10th in the table.

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell has been named the League One Manager of the Month for January.

Since taking over the Gills in October, the 57-year-old has masterminded a rise from 23rd in the table to 12th place.

The Kent club enjoyed a fruitful January which yielded a maximum 12 points from 12, including comeback wins against Rochdale and Fleetwood Town, plus victories at high-flying Charlton Athletic and Scunthorpe United.

"We didn't have the best start to the season, and work had to be done but we just managed to get the players working hard together as a unit and fortunately enough it turned and we've had a decent run since then," Lovell told the EFL website.

"It's hard to put a finger on what has been behind the turnaround, it's just playing players in positions where they could be the best for the team and for the football club and getting a mutual respect with them. They're a really good bunch of players, they've worked hard and they are still doing that now."

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley, Bristol Rovers head coach Darrell Clarke and Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray were also in the running for the award.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth21145235171847
2Luton TownLuton21126339182142
3Sunderland20118140192141
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough21116438261239
5Charlton AthleticCharlton2111463425937
6Doncaster RoversDoncaster2110563426835
7Blackpool209742519634
8Barnsley2096531181333
9Wycombe WanderersWycombe218763028231
10Walsall218672329-630
11Accrington StanleyAccrington217862325-229
12Coventry CityCoventry218582225-329
13Fleetwood Town217682823527
14Burton Albion208392628-227
15Southend UnitedSouthend2182112528-326
16Gillingham2173113134-324
17Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury216692427-324
18Rochdale216692839-1124
19Oxford UnitedOxford Utd215792733-622
20Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe2156102944-1521
21Bristol Rovers2145121725-817
22Plymouth ArgylePlymouth2145122440-1617
23AFC Wimbledon2143141531-1615
24Bradford CityBradford2143141839-2115

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