SWINDON Town boss David Flitcroft has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award for January.

Flitcroft's Town picked up 12 points from a possible 15 this month, while the side's much-derided home form has also stabilised, with three successive victories.

Town recovered from their Boxing Day battering by Luton with wins over promotion rivals Notts County at the end of December, followed by an away win at struggling Barnet.

They then edged past Forest Green Rovers at home, the month's only blip coming with a 3-1 defeat at Coventry City.

Town however bounced straight back with a 4-3 home win over Crewe Alexandra and a midweek away victory at Stevenage.

Flitcroft is up against Wycombe Wanderers' Gareth Ainsworth for the award. 

Ainsworth masterminded four games, four victories and 11 goals in January, as his side rose to second in the table.

Steve Evans, of Saturday's County Ground opponents for Town, Mansfield Town, has also been nominated after his side amassed 10 points from four games.

Crawley Town's Harry Kewell is the fourth manager in the frame.

Having not won successive games all season, Kewell’s side managed it twice in January, collecting 12 points from five games. 

The winner will be announced on Friday, with the judging panel comprising of 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 EFL Trader Mikey Mumford.

Meanwhile, reports in Australia suggest that Town chairman Lee Power is among three parties interested in buying A League side Central Coast Mariners.

Power, who was at Town's 2-2 draw at Lincoln on Saturday, was pictured watching the Mariners take on Brisbane Roar on January 27, along with former Town director of football Tim Sherwood. 

Australian sources claim Power's interest in the club could see Australian players sent to Swindon Town, but also a reverse arrangement to give players experience in the A-League.

Scottish giants Celtic and Australian businessman Anton Tagliaferro are also thought to be interested in the New South Wales-based side.