RONNIE Moore admits it was nice to be nominated but knew he would never win manager of the month after missing out on the January gong.
The Pools boss had been nominated after guiding his struggling side to two wins and a draw last month as they battle against relegation at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.
Enthusiastic Moore had previously joked that he would need to win the award at least once before now and the end of the season if Pools are to stay up this campaign.
But he was beaten to the award by Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder, who won 13 points out of a possible 15.
Meanwhile, Rory Donnelly, of Tranmere Rovers won the player of the month award.
Moore said: “The manager of the month nomination is nice, but it was never going to happen! But it proves we are going in the right direction and doing the right things.
“I’ve said, of late, I have to win one of them sooner rather than later, not for me, but it will mean we have won four games and the gap has closed on the teams above to frighten the life out of them.”
Moore’s nomination came after Pools picked up league wins against Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle and secured a point away to Rovers in January as they bid to stay in the Football League.
The 3-2 win over Argyle at Victoria Park saw Pools claw the gap to safety back to seven points ahead of a busy period of fixtures.
Moore was also up against Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Micky Mellon, of Shrewsbury Town.
This month’s judging panel was made up of former Ipswich manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman, Football League chief operating officer Andy Williamson, League Managers’ association director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.