Dean Smith nominated for Manager of the Month

Walsall boss Dean Smith was today nominated for League One’s Manager of the Month award for January.


The Saddlers won four out of five games last month to shoot up the table and put themselves into play-off contention.

It caps a stunning turnaround after they ended a 16-match winless run in December – when they were just two points off the drop zone – and have since won eight of their last 10 games.

Smith is up against Swindon Town’s Paolo Di Canio and Yeovil Town’s Gary Johnson.

Jamie Paterson’s last minute winner sealed a New Year’s Day 1-0 victory over Stevenage, before a 2-0 win in front of the Sky Sports cameras against Portsmouth.

Walsall followed it with successive 3-1 wins over Preston and Bournemouth – ending the Cherries’ 15-match unbeaten league run under Eddie Howe.

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Comments for: "Dean Smith nominated for Manager of the Month"


My god I nearly fell off my chair when I MISread this as Dean Saunders..


Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...................... the curse!

Gerald Cooper

Golden boy de Canio will get it ............................................ Then his team will go down the pan

Swampy Saddler

Give it to Gary Johnson at Yeovil pleeeeease? Need them to stop winning!!!!! . . . . . . -Got friends from Notts C coming over for game on Sat, they are still confident of a result even without Lee Huge (deliberate spell mistake) & Keith Curle sacking. Really would like to have a smile on my face come 5pm. Come on mi babbies!!!! UTS!!! SS


For 16 games many fans (myself included) feared the worst. Dean however quietly got on with it and here we are playing well climbing the table and I have to admit i was wrong and dean smith was right. I don't know if he will win the award but he is doing a great job as are the team. Well done dean

South Coast Sadddler

Please don't give it to Dean. We all know what happens to the teams results after the award.