Thomas Frank has been named on the four-man shortlist for the October Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award.
The Bees opened the month with a 1-1 draw at home to Bristol City before heading into the international break on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. On returning from the break, Thomas' side hit their stride with a superb nine day, nine point, and nine goal spell.
That run began with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Millwall at Griffin Park. Josh Dasilva and Bryan Mbeumo netted off the bench in the final six minutes to level at 2-2 before Ollie Watkins struck a dramatic injury-time winner. The following Tuesday saw a 3-0 victory over Swansea City in South Wales before QPR were put to the sword at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium live on Sky Sports; Watkins scoring either side of a Saïd Benrahma penalty as we took the West London bragging rights.
The full shortlist, as chosen by Sky Bet, is:
Pep Clotet (Birmingham City)
The Spaniard has quietly moved Birmingham into the top half of the Championship. Their three wins in October all came at St Andrew’s as Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Luton were beaten by a fusion of passion and organisation.
Danny Cowley (Huddersfield Town)
Any doubts that he could gain the respect of highly paid Championship players and instil his methods were swept away as Huddersfield gained 11 points from five unbeaten games, re-connected with their fans and moved out of the bottom three.
Thomas Frank (Brentford)
Made light of an awkward-looking fixture list and key long-term injuries to steer Brentford to 10 points from five games. His side ended the month in style, beating Millwall, Swansea and QPR and scoring three goals each time.
Grant McCann (Hull City)
Still working through the inconsistencies that come with a host of summer signings. Three wins from five games, including an impressive 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest, suggest that McCann’s methods are starting to work.
The winner will be announced tomorrow, Friday, morning.