The January nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are:
Phillip Cocu (Derby County)
Fitting a huge personality like Wayne Rooney into a team offers opportunities, but presents man management issues as well. Cocu handled them so well in January that Derby managed 10 points and 11 goals from five games.
Lee Johnson (Bristol City)
It is not the manner of your defeats, but how you learn from them which counts. A 4-0 home defeat by promotion rivals Brentford on New Year’s Day was followed by three gritty narrow wins, all without conceding a goal.
Sabri Lamouchi (Nottingham Forest)
The constancy of his message gave his players the confidence to come through an awful run at the end of 2019 and emerge refreshed in January, collecting 11 points from five unbeaten games and climbing into third place.
Michael O’Neill (Stoke City)
O’Neill speaks and acts with authority. Couple that with sensitivity to his players’ needs and a practical approach to winning games and the Northern Irishman has adapted perfectly to life at Stoke, as 10 points from five games testify.