Bristol Rovers duo John Ward and Tom Parkes in running for monthly awards
Bristol Rovers boss John Ward is in the running for the League Two 'manager of the month' award.
Ward has guided his side to three wins from four games throughout the month of January – a run which included impressive away victories at Fleetwood Town and Rotherham United.
Gillingham boss Martin Allen and AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley have also been nominated for the award, which will be decided by ex-Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley on Friday.
Ward, who has also won the award during spells at Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town, has boosted Rovers' survival bid by seeing them rise from the bottom of League Two to five points clear of the relegation zone since being appointed on December 17.
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The manager remains on a short-term six-month contact, but after seeing the side lose just once in eight games since taking charge, chairman Nick Higgs has reiterated his intentions to thrash out a longer-term deal with Ward once Rovers are guaranteed survival.
"John has had a great start," Higgs said. "The next aim is to try and keep it going so that we can make some progress up the league to finish as high as we can.
"Once we know for certain that safety is guaranteed the first thing I will be doing is sitting down with John to talk about a longer-term contract."
Skipper Tom Parkes, meanwhile, has been nominated in the 'player of the month' category.
Parkes, 21, has played an integral role at the heart of defence in an increasingly resilient Rovers side.
Parkes is up against Northampton midfielder Chris Hackett and AFC Wimbledon striker Paul McCallum for the award, which will also be announced on Friday.