Hearts boss makes it a hat-trick of manager awards

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Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is the Scottish Championship’s Manager of the Month for the third time this season.

Having won the accolade in August and October, Neilson secured a welcome hat-trick with November’s award after Hearts maintained their unbeaten league record with three wins from three games.

Home victories over Raith Rovers and Rangers bookended an away win at Falkirk during the month. Those took the Edinburgh club nine points clear at the top of the table and helped them stay favourites for automatic promotion back to Scotland’s top flight. Neilson, in his first managerial role, has impressed many with his thorough and focused approach. His signings so far have all proven useful to varying degrees and his detailed preparation for matches is key to Hearts’ league position.

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs won Manager of the Month in September but Neilson has now taken the award in every other month this season. Although Hearts are out of all three domestic cup competitions, their league form is impressive and they remain unbeaten after 15 matches.

Neilson was due to receive his latest trophy from the Scottish Professional Football League at Riccarton this morning before continuing preparations for Hearts’ trip to Cowdenbeath on Saturday. He must do without suspended midfielder Morgaro Gomis for that match, plus striker Osman Sow and left-back Kevin McHattie, who are both injured.