Sheffield Wednesday boss Alan Irvine was celebrating today after winning the inaugural npower League 1 Manager of the Month award.

Irvine's side have had a fantastic start to the season, remaining unbeaten throughout August, which has seen them surge to the top of the npower League 1 table. The highlight of this fine form was the Owls' 5-0 away win at Hartlepool United.

Alan Curbishley, Chairman of the npower Manager of the Month awards panel commented: "Alan Irvine deserves special praise for the way he has galvanized Sheffield Wednesday after the disappointment of relegation last season. Alan has got the whole side performing well, with 9 goals scored and just 1 conceded throughout August."

Irvine beat off competition from Peterborough United boss Gary Johnson, Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott and Oldham Athletic's Paul Dickov to win the new npower League 1 Manager of the Month trophy.

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