Nathaniel John, West Ham correspondent Thursday, December 8, 2011
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and striker Carlton Cole have been nominated by for the npower Championship manager and player of the month awards for November.
The Hammers picked up 13 points out of a possible 15 last month, as they beat Hull City, Coventry City, Derby County and Middlesbrough, along with a goalless draw against Bristol City.
Those results saw the Hammers top the Championship form table for the month, along with Cardiff City, whose manager Malky Mackay is also nominated for the award.
The other two nominations for the manager prize are Derek McInnes from Bristol City and Barnsley boss Keith Hill.
Cole has been nominated for the player award after he impressed on his comeback from a knee injury.
The England striker scored three goals in five games last month that included just one start.
Cole recorded some impressive cameo appearances, most notably at Hull and Coventry, when the introduction of the 28-year-old at half time changed the course of the matches in the Hammers’ favour.
The other nominations for the player prize are Peter Whittingham of Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers’ Billy Sharp, and Liam Fontaine from Bristol City.