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Andy Hessenthaler is npower League 2 Manager of the month for December

Former Charlton Athletic boss Alan Curbishley chairs the npower Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: "Hessenthaler’s men scored seven goals in two games, four of which came away from home.

"A notable win over high-flying Port Vale helped ensure they had a productive festive period."

npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins said: "Andy Hessenthaler led Gillingham through a fantastic month. He fully deserves the npower League 2 Manager of the Month Award.

"I’d like to congratulate Andy on behalf of npower, and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season."

In the npower Championship, Leeds United boss Simon Grayson was named Manager of the Month, and Hartlepool United’s Mick Wadsworth picked up the award in League 1.

The judging panel comprises former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, Sky Sports Football League expert Peter Beagrie, Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson, BBC Sport’s Mark Clemmit, League Managers Association Deputy CEO Olaf Dixon and npower Head of Sponsorship Emma Collins.