If the people in charge of deciding the manager of the month award can’t draw a clearer line between Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers’ respective work in March, then maybe it’s time for fresh judges.

With respect to Danny Wilson, Don Goodman, Mark Rowan and Ivor Davies, they got this one wrong.

Set aside for a moment the respective traits and skills of EFL communications man Rowan and SkyBet trader Davies.

What about the combined football experience of Wilson and Goodman? Surely they could see where the real victory, the real story, was last month?

It was not in a decent team having an admittedly very good run. It was in a dire team being convincingly resurrected.

It was in a side being pulled up by its lapels, dragged from the relegation zone and recast as a winning machine in the space of a few weeks.

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It was also in that team’s manager returning from cancer and very much saving the club from the city of his birth.

It was, to be clear, in struggling Carlisle United suddenly assembling the joint best record in League Two, the equal of promotion-chasing Bristol Rovers – no, not keeping as many clean sheets as Joey Barton’s team, but yes, also beating Joey Barton’s team in the process.

It was in something more than just an upturn in form. It was in utterly transformative and inspirational work.

Again – if the judges can’t weigh all that against whatever stats led them to anoint Barton, perhaps new panellists are indeed needed. Ones with just a little more soul.