The nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for January.Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough)
January was another month in which Karanka’s side squeezed the life out of opposition attacks, conceding just one goal in four unbeaten games. Add that to their increasing fluency going forward and Karanka has the Boro faithful believing once more.
Steve McClaren (Derby County)
McClaren’s calmness and understanding of the expectations at Derby have allowed him to manage his players superbly. His team’s three wins from four games in January, including a vital 1-0 victory at Ipswich Town, were all achieved without conceding any goals.
Neil Redfearn (Leeds United)
Redfearn’s relaxed demeanour is putting his players at ease, and keeping supporters at Elland Road fairly happy. An eight-point haul from January games against four in-form sides included a 1-0 win over leaders AFC Bournemouth.
Mark Warburton (Brentford)
Warburton’s team plays some of the most attractive football in the division and they were at it again in January, sweeping to another three wins in four games to continue their unexpected promotion push.
The winner will be announced on Friday.