MK Dons Head Coach Liam Manning was named the League One Manager of the Month for September 2021.

The Dons’ boss picked up the award for his first full month in charge, with the Dons winning 11 points from an unbeaten month.

MK’s results in September saw the team record wins over Portsmouth, Gillingham and Accrington Stanley, as well as draws against Cheltenham and Fleetwood, with the team ending the month in third place in the League One table.

It is the first time an MK Dons representative has won the Manager of the Month prize since October 2018, when Paul Tisdale won the League 2 prize.

Manning told the MK Dons website of his delight to win the award, and moved to praise his players and support staff for their support.

He said, “It’s an honour and a privilege to win this award but it’s important for me to highlight that this is a collective effort. This award is for everybody at MK Dons.

“Our form and success in September was a result of everybody’s hard work – the support staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare the players to go out and perform and, ultimately, the players themselves for producing performances on a matchday.

“It’s been a really good start to the season for us but it’s a long season – we have to keep pushing and fighting to sustain our level of performance and continue producing results for the Football Club.”

Manning was selected ahead of Wigan’s Leam Richardson, Sunderland boss Lee Johnson and the Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe.

Dons player Scott Twine had also been nominated for the division’s Player of the Month award, but lost out to Morecambe’s Cole Stockton.