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Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month: January winner

Scunthorpe United manager Stuart McCall has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for January.

8 February 2019

When his side lost six straight games up to December 29th, scoring just a single goal in the process, others might have panicked.

Not McCall, whose trust in his methods and belief in his players were rewarded with 13 points from a possible 15.

McCall said: "Obviously it's a nice accolade, not for me personally, but for the club, for the players and for the staff.

“It'll go next to the one I won in December for the worst manager of the month! When you look at the run we were on and for the players to turn it around in January like we did, it's full credit to them.

“We've cut out the individual errors, worked extremely hard and showed good togetherness and teamwork, but we want to continue that now."

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Given the hierarchy of the club’s recent ruthlessness with managers, Stuart McCall would have been under no illusions that he was under pressure to keep his job at the end of December, such was the dreadful run of results Scunthorpe were having, leaving them 23rd on Boxing Day.

“Just a month later and I am thrilled that he’s picking up the Manager of the Month award and sitting comfortably in mid-table. McCall stuck to his principles and reaped the rewards.

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Stuart McCall guided his Scunthorpe team to four wins and a draw from five games in January.

“Going into 2019 The Iron sat third from bottom and were as short as 4/9 be relegated. After an excellent run of results they now sit 14th and look to have staved off any fears of relegation.

“They are 5/1 to go down but they will be looking up and not down and are a 50/1 shot to make the top six.”

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