Newcastle United news: 'Proud' Benitez nominated for award, Keegan on Tyneside

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for February.

Championship leaders Newcastle United took 15 points from seven unbeaten games last month.

Simon Grayson (Preston North End), Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham) and David Wagner (Huddersfield Town) have also been nominated for the award.

United remain unbeaten ahead of Saturday's game against seventh-placed Fulham.

And Benitez has told of his "pride" at the club performances away from home.

Midfielder Jack Colback, enjoying a run in Benitez's side with Isaac Hayden sidelined by injury, feels that Newcastle must simply "hold their nerve" between now and the end of the season.

Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan

Finally, United legend Kevin Keegan, on Tyneside this week, has given his verdict on the club's promotion hopes.