GARY Rowett is happy to have again been nominated for League Two manager of the month – but says any award would be for Burton Albion’s players and not himself.
The Brewers boss was this morning shortlisted for the December award, along with Newport County’s Justin Edinburgh, Scunthorpe’s Russ Wilcox and Mark Yates of Cheltenham.
It is four months out of five this season Rowett has been nominated – and the third month in a row. He is yet to win.
But should he take the award, announced on Friday, the Albion chief will class it as one for the players and staff, not himself.
“These awards are great – they’re fantastic,” he said. “But for someone like myself, you become so single-minded, they’re almost going on in the background.
“It doesn’t detract from them, but it’s more of an achievement for the players.
“It’s team of the month, really.
“They don’t come and see your work, they just look at results.
“So many nominations shows how well the players have done – and the staff.”
Rowett has tipped Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox for the gong after the Iron went unbeaten in December and climbed to top spot.
Wilcox himself earned the job at Glanford Park following a successful spell as caretaker during the month.
“I think if you look around the division it’ll be the same scenario again,” said Rowett. “Scunthorpe have taken one more point than us in the month.
“I’m sure the job Russ Wilcox has done as caretaker is really, really good.
“At this moment in time I’m quite happy for us to be very competitive, which means as a team and a club we’re up for these awards, and not winning them is not an issue for me.”
Despite being confident of not winning, Rowett says another nomination is reward for the consistency he and his staff have achieved in 2013/14.
“We’re just rumbling along,” he said. “I think what’s quite an important thing is we’ve been nominated four out of five months.
“That shows real consistency.
“Results-wise, September was our only bad month - our results must’ve been fantastic in the other months to earn the nominations.
“I know we’re doing well.
“But we always think we can do more and that’s our nature.”
When asked if he would settle for the April award after taking Albion to automatic promotion, the manager was unsure after Gillingham boss Martin Allen’s experience after taking the Gills to the League Two title.
“I’m not so sure after Martin Allen last season,” he said. “He got manager of the year and three months later was out of work!”