Manager up for accolade for the second time this year
John Ward has been nominated for the manager of the month award for March after leading Rovers to four wins in a packed month of fixtures.
The winners will be announced on Friday 12th April 2013.
This is the second time this year John has been nominated, after also being on the shortlist in January.
The Manager of the Month award is decided by former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, League Managers Association Deputy CEO Olaf Dixon and npower Partnerships and Sponsorship Manager Katy Thomas.
The list of nominations for the npower League 2 Manager of the Month Award for March and the reasons they were chosen are:
Neil Ardley – AFC Wimbledon
In one of the tightest relegation battles ever seen, good runs of form are absolutely essential at the bottom. Under Ardley, AFC Wimbledon managed four wins from seven, creating a seven point gap between themselves and the drop zone. Though safety is not guaranteed, AFC Wimbledon fans will be breathing a little easier now.
John Sheridan – Plymouth Argyle
Another side involved in the npower League 2 relegation dogfight, John Sheridan's men had a month that might be remembered as the one that kept them up. Four wins, a draw and just a solitary loss to league leaders Gillingham ensured that Argyle fans will be hopeful of a great escape.
John Ward – Bristol Rovers
With four wins a draw and a solitary loss, John Ward's run may have come a little late for a Play-Offs push this season, but will certainly create some hope for a good term next year. Home wins against high-flying Port Vale and Exeter City were especially impressive.