GARY Bowyer says he's not a fan of the manager of the month awards despite being nominated for the prize.

The City boss is on the shortlist for the Sky Bet League Two prize for October after guiding his side to victories over Swindon Town, Morecambe and Crawley Town last month.

His side have also carried that positive momentum into this month with a 2-0 victory over Exeter City at Valley Parade last Saturday to go second.

The 48-year-old will be battling for the accolade alongside rivals Graham Alexander, of Salford City, Mansfield Town's John Dempster and Michael Duff of Cheltenham Town, with the winner announced on Friday morning.

But Bowyer says he is not concerned by being shortlisted, with his only concern is Saturday's FA Cup first round tie at Shrewsbury Town and not any individual accolade.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool boss, who moved into management at Ewood Park, initially as a caretaker, in 2012, said: "I'm not one of those people who is into them, to be perfectly honest.

"I'm not a fan and don't know what they mean. What does it mean in the grand scheme of things?

"It's recognition of how the team has done, but we have a hell of a long way to go. What bearing does it have on the rest of the season?

"Does anyone remember who won last month's award?

"I'm just focused on the Shrewsbury game. I'm not a fan of these awards and never have been. Player of the month award? What does that mean too?

"We're just doing our jobs. That's what we are concentrating on. I certainly have no control over this award."

But Bowyer's nomination does provide him and the club with national recognition as he looks to rebuild the Bantams following their relegation from League One last season after he took over from David Hopkin in March this year.