By Will Butcher

Noel Whelan believes Leeds boss Garry Monk should have been nominated for the Championship manager of the month award for September.

Monk masterminded four wins in all competitions throughout September, as he propelled the club from languishing above the relegation zone to the top half of the table.

Former Leeds striker Whelan, who played for the Yorkshire giants between 1993 and 1995, wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column that Monk was deserving of a nomination for the prestigious award.

“Considering the pressure they were under, they’ve shown some real bottle to recover and I feel like we’re well placed to kick on this month,” Whelan wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

“For that reason, it surprised me a bit that Monk didn’t make the manager-of-the-month nominations for September.”

Former Swansea boss Monk was overlooked as Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez, Norwich’s Alex Neil, Sheffield Wednesday’s Carlos Carvalhal and Reading’s Jaap Stam were all nominated to win the award.

Scotsman Neil won the award, after an impressive month saw the Canaries win four domestic matches out of five games, as well as an EFL Cup third round triumph away at Premier League high flyers Everton.

Monk, who has helped continue Leeds good form into October with a win against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, will be looking for his sixth win in seven league and cup encounters against Derby on Saturday.

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