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It’s a while since we last played in the Football League but there was very much a claret and blue flavour this morning when they announced their monthly award winners.

1617 burnley joey barton 01 500x500Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi won the September Manager of the Month Award for the Championship but the winners in League One and League Two were former Clarets Joey Barton and Michael Duff who are currently managing Fleetwood and Cheltenham.

You can see that both of them played for Sean Dyche given their comments. Barton was with us for most of the 2015/16 season and part of the following season. Duff was a first team player at Burnley when Dyche arrived and then became youth team coach before moving up to the under-23s, his last role at Burnley before he moved back to Cheltenham in September last year.

Joey’s Fleetwood won three and drew one of their four games in September and scored ten goals in the process. He said on receiving his award: “It’s really nice that we get outside recognition for the work that we have done. The players have been tremendous this season and the award is for all our staff who work hard every day across all departments.

“There is a lot of trust in the environment, and everybody feels that they have a role to play, from the kitchen staff, to the people who do th grass, to the laundry room everything. It’s a really unique club at this moment and I’m proud to be head coach at Fleetwood Town.

michael duff 300x400“I think the awards is a big vindication for all the work that everybody has done and I collect this for everybody at the football club.”

Moving down to League Two and it was thirteen points from five games for Cheltenham which included 2-0 away wins at both Graham Alexander’s Salford and Plymouth.

A delighted Duff said: “The staff are only a reflection of what the players do. It’s obviously a nice award but it’s more for the whole club really because the board, the staff, the supporters, the players, and I’ve always said it, if the team on the pitch are doing well and winning, we all win.

“It is a nice award to win but I think it is more a sign of recognition that other people outside of Cheltenham are starting to recognise the work that has been going on for a long time.”

There was also a Burnley flavour to the Championship Player of the Month award. Nahki Wells, currently on loan at QPR, scored four goals in September and was nominated. He was beaten to the award by Wigan’s Chey Dunkley who did play one game for Burnley reserves in 2012 as a trialist.

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