Hall on the Ball: Danny Hall on Carlos Carvalhal, Nigel Adkins, Joe Root and Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Carlos misses out:

If you needed further proof of the quality of the Championship right now, look at the nominees for Manager of the Month; Wednesday’s Carlos Carvalhal gets nowhere near the four-man shortlist, despite the Owls not losing since since mid-September. No wonder the Portuguese is keen to temper expectations at Hillsborough!

Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal

Give the Blades a break

Sheffield United take a perhaps-welcome break from League One action this weekend when they face Worcester City in the FA Cup.

Nigel Adkins’ side slipped to eighth after losing to Crewe but it’s not panic time just yet; there are still 90 points to play for and United will pick up more than they lose.

Joe Root gets booked

A copy of Joe Root’s new book, Bringing Home the Ashes, landed on my desk this week. It’s an intriguing account of his rise to stardom from the days at Collegiate, playing with his brother Bill.

Family is a recurring theme throughout and it’s nice to see such a decent bunch of people get deserved credit.

Mum's the word for Jess

My Sheffield Telegraph column this week is on Jessica Ennis-Hill, and the challenges she’s faced since giving birth to her son,

Reggie, around 15 months ago. Tonight, she’s up for the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year gong and would be a worthy winner. To read my musings, buy a copy or visit www.thestar.co.uk/sport/columnists.