By Will Butcher
Rafa Benitez has been nominated for the Championship manager of the month award for September.
The former Real Madrid boss masterminded three wins from five league games last month, despite adopting a vigorous rotation policy at St. James’ Park.
The Sky Bet Championship announced the news on their official Twitter account, with Reading’s Jaap Stam, Norwich’s Alex Neil and Sheffield Wednesday’s Carlos Carvalhal also being nominated for the award.
Leeds boss Garry Monk, Brighton’s Chris Hughton and Bristol City’s in-demand manager Lee Johnson were all overlooked for the prestigious award, despite their side’s good form.
Benitez, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, looks to be the favourite to win the award after the Championship’s Twitter account also conducted a poll to see who the fans thought would win the award.
Newcastle currently sit in third position after a strong start to the season following their relegation from the Premier League, that has seen them win seven out of their 11 domestic fixtures.
Summer recruits Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden and Mohamed Diame have all hit the ground running, after Benitez decided to splash out almost £60million on 12 new players.
Newcastle return to action on October 15 against Brentford at St. James’ Park, as the Championship pauses to make way for the international break.
In other Newcastle news, Callum Roberts has revealed his delight at making his international debut.