Royle a contender for managers' award

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle is up against managers of three other play-off chasing clubs for the February manager of the month award for the Championship.

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle is up against managers of three other play-off chasing clubs for the February manager of the month award for the Championship.

Royle's Blues picked up 12 points from a possible 15 this month, with wins over Norwich, Burnley, Crewe and Leicester.

Also in contention for the award are Leeds' Kevin Blackwell, Crystal Palace's Iain Dowie and Watford's Adrian Boothroyd.