Still adapting to life in the EFL after a non-league management career, Bignot lifted Town to the fringes of the play-offs with a haul of nine points from five games. Most impressive was the 3-1 win away to high-flying Carlisle.
The other nominees are, Mansfield Town manager Steve Evans, Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson and Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale.
On course to maintain his astonishing promotion success rate just two months into the job at new club Mansfield. Has instilled the all-action, passionate football he espouses into a team which gained 13 points from five games.
January began with Donny in third place in League Two. Five wins out of five later and Ferguson’s men ended it on top, seven points clear. They did it in the style their manager demands, too, scoring three goals in all but one of their victories.
Brimming with confidence and the trust he inspires, Tisdale’s side ripped through defences with ease in January, earning a maximum 15 points from five games with a 15-2 goal differential and soaring unstoppably into the play-off positions.
The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL League expert Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.
The winner will be announced on Thursday morning.