January Manager & Player of the Month winners

The winners of the Sky Bet EFL Manager and Player of the Month Awards for January are as follows:

MANAGER OF THE MONTH 

Sky Bet Championship: Steve Cooper (Swansea City)

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for January.

A difficult-looking run of fixtures, together with conferences with promotion rivals Watford and Brentford, was navigated with ease by Cooper whose skill to adapt his side’s fashion helped accumulate 10 points from 4 unbeaten video games.

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Steve’s team had a ten point return in January, scoring eight goals within the course of.

“Gaining 4 points against promotion rivals Watford and Brentford left the membership sizzling on the heels of league leaders Norwich.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “January regarded a difficult month on paper for the Swans, however Steve Cooper’s side rose to the duty admirably. Whereas balancing an impressive-looking FA Cup run, they picked up 10 points from a potential twelve within the league, regardless of a few tough trying away video games against Barnsley & Rotherham.

“Swansea are set to be proper within the combine for computerized promotion to the Premier League if they will preserve this consistency, and in the event that they do, they’ll reflect on the month of January as being very important.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Steve Cooper’s Swansea at the moment are odds on at 10/11 from 11/4 on the start of the year to gain promotion to the Premier League after his side gained 4 and drew the opposite in January to take them as much as third place within the table; just two points off top with a sport in hand.

“Sky Bet presently charge them as third favourites to go up behind Brentford and Norwich and now we have been slowly rising the Swans ranking every week since they embarked on this present ten sport unbeaten run.

“After a productive switch window with Cooper bringing in top high quality players like Conor Hourihane we expect them to be proper within the combine for promotion on the end of this season.

“Swansea are 9/2 to go up as Champions, from 18/1 earlier than a ball was kicked.”

 

Sky Bet League One: Grant McCann (Hull City)

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Hull City manager Grant McCann has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for January. 

No League One team amassed extra points in January, with 14 from their seven video games. McCann managed his squad beautifully, preserving his players recent and hungry, by no means extra so than within the beautiful 4-0 win at Portsmouth.

McCann said: “It’s pleasing however this award is just not about me, it’s concerning the collective. It’s concerning the team, it’s concerning the squad, it’s concerning the workers. We’ve made an actual acutely aware effort this year that the whole lot is about us.

“There’s no ‘I’, we’re all on this collectively. We discuss concerning the ‘give up the me for the we’ and that’s what we’re about. This year, it’s all about us.

“I’m happy for everybody that we’ve been recognised for the 14 points from the seven video games in January. It was a very good turn of type from the new year that has put us in a very good place.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “What a fantastic run in January for Hull. Grant has instilled that winning mentality in his players and amassed 14 points from seven video games, ensuing within the membership sitting joint top of League One.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “It was vital after a really disappointing December during which they gained just certainly one of their 5 matches, that Hull bounced back in January, because the competition on the top of League One is fierce.

“McCann clearly has his players in the fitting mind set, and big wins over promotion rivals like Portsmouth, Charlton & Accrington can solely increase confidence and perception of their quest for promotion back to the Championship.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Grant McCann’s Hull produced some eye-catching shows in current weeks and Sky Bet now charge them because the best team in League One and as short as 2/1 to win the title, from 4/1 on the start of the month.

“After being in freefall on the back of last season which in the end led to their relegation from the Championship, McCann has steadied the ship, regardless of last weekend’s 1-0 shock defeat to Burton.

“Sky Bet see this as just a slight blip, and as their odds-on worth (1/2) signifies, we expect them to go straight back as much as the Championship on the first time of asking.”

 

Sky Bet League Two: Mark Bonner (Cambridge United)

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Cambridge United manager Mark Bonner has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for January.

A stellar start to the season was adopted by an early winter swoon, which makes his team’s January renaissance all of the extra exceptional, gathering 14 points from six unbeaten video games as they moved back to the top of League Two.

Bonner said: “It’s a privilege to obtain this award on behalf of the team after a troublesome and difficult, however in the end rewarding month in January.

“Off the back of a disappointing December, and in amongst the testing situations purchased about by Covid and the climate, now we have proven a resilience and grit in most of the performances to come out on the fitting side of the outcomes. 

“We hope that the teachings discovered and the outcomes gained strengthen our perception and confidence as we eat into the second half of the season. 

“The challenges forward are big ones, however we’re having fun with competing to stay within the top half of the table, and stay motivated to continue preventing to stay there.

“This specific award is testomony to the dedicated and expert team behind the team, and to the players themselves for some glorious performances.”

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Unbeaten in January and gathering 14 points leaves Mark and his team in pole place going into February.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Cambridge have been the darlings of League Two after their blistering start to the season, however there have been appreciable worries when having lost solely two all season, they proceeded to lose 5 of seven in December.

“Mark Bonner saved the religion although, and his team pulled by means of for him in January in exceptional style. No person may hold the tempo throughout an unbeaten six-game stretch, and it has led to Cambridge as soon as once more sitting atop the table.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Mark Bonner wins his second manager of the month award of the season after guiding his Cambridge team to 4 wins and two attracts in January as they continue to defy the chances and sit top of League Two with over half of the marketing campaign accomplished.

“The U’s presently sit three points clear on the top and are an 8/1 shot for the title (50/1 earlier than a ball was kicked) however there are as many as eight teams that may class themselves as within the title working and League Two really is an enchanting puzzle that appears like happening to the wire.

“The job that Bonner and his teaching workers have carried out at The Abbey has massively exceeded all expectations and Cambridge are in with a real chance of promotion now at 11/8 from 9/1 on the start of the season.”

 

PLAYER OF THE MONTH 

Sky Bet Championship: Matt Crooks (Rotherham United)

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Rotherham United midfielder Matt Crooks has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for January.  

Not at all times the simplest on the attention, Crooks’ approach is under-appreciated, witness his low volley against Middlesbrough, certainly one of three January goals he scored bursting from midfield to mark the anniversary of his friend Jordan Sinnott’s premature death.

Crooks said: “I’m clearly delighted to win the person award. I do know it sounds a bit cliché’ however I’d wish to thank the workers and all the lads for placing collectively a very good set of outcomes and performances which have allowed me to provide the shape that I’ve over the last month or so.

“The lads as a collective have been good, so credit score should go to them too.

“Clearly the award is for the month of January, a year on from Sin’s [Jordan Sinnott’s] passing. I’d wish to assume he’s trying down on me and has given me some luck for the month and one thing for us all to smile about.

“We now have the charity set up in his memory which we’re persevering with to place a variety of work into away from football. If anybody would really like to have a look or make a small donation that may be great and could be enormously appreciated by all of us. 

“The web site is www.js25.co.uk – we’re just getting began but when anybody wish to help us, you’d be greater than welcome.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “He won’t be the most well-known player within the Sky Bet Championship however there’s merely no doubting the effectiveness of Rotherham’s Matt Crooks who having made his manner from the decrease leagues is now flourishing at Championship level.

“There are fewer higher sights in football than an attacking midfielder charging by means of the defensive ranks on his approach to the scoresheet, and Crooks made a behavior of this in January, hanging three instances in a great private run for the Millers.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Rotherham midfielder Matt Crooks scored three goals in January to take his tally to 5 league goals for the season.

“Crooks starred in a Rotherham side that gained two, drew one and lost one last month to take them one point away from the relegation zone.

“Rotherham have been one of many favourites for relegation on the start of the season at 2/1, however are presently priced at 4/1 to go straight back all the way down to League One.

“If Crooks continues his good type by means of the remainder of the season, Millers followers might be hopeful that it’ll go some approach to snapping the yo-yo membership repute they’ve by staying within the division.”

 

Sky Bet League One: Matthew Lund (Rochdale)

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Rochdale midfielder Matthew Lund has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for January. 

No player typifies Rochdale’s all-action strategy higher than Lund, combining creativity and passing skill with power and coolness in entrance of goal, and always bursting forward to score 4 goals and add three assists.

Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy said: “It’s fantastic recognition for Matthew, who has been superb for us all season. With out even realising it, he has grow to be a mentor and a great affect on all the squad. He has grow to be an actual senior determine in our squad and somebody who the players look as much as and admire, and rely on for management. 

“He has at all times been a really dangerous player attacking-wise for us, however he has taken it to the subsequent level this season. He’d be the primary one to acknowledge that the players have been doing the whole lot of their energy to offer him with the ammunition he wants, however there was no person higher at moving into the field from midfield and forward areas this season. We’re very privileged and very happy to have him at our membership.”

Lund said: “Personally, and for the squad, it’s a constructive factor for us all. I’m glad I’ve obtained the popularity for January as a result of I assumed it was a very good month for me. Having scored a couple of goals I assumed I is perhaps in rivalry to win it, so it’s clearly good to be recognised and for folks to see what we’re doing at Rochdale.

“I’m full of confidence – I at all times go into video games considering I can score goals. This year it has in all probability paid off slightly bit extra and the probabilities appear to be getting into much more, which I’m happy about from a private side. It’s one thing that I at all times look to do in video games, get close to goal and try to get as many as I can for the season. They’re coming slightly bit faster than they often do, so I’m fairly happy with that.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “If it’s goals you need, then Rochdale are the team to observe, as they will’t cease scoring at one end however can’t hold the ball out of their own net on the different! A exceptional 35 goals discovered the net in seven Rochdale video games and of the 17 they scored, Matty Lund was concerned in lots.

“A quartet of goals and three assists is a sensational return for a player who resides within the midfield space and he’s greater than deserving of this award.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “Matty Lund was excellent throughout January in a struggling Rochdale side that gained just one sport in seven.

“The midfielder scored 4 goals and assisted three others as Rochdale finished the month just two points above the relegation zone.

“Lund is Dale’s top scorer thus far with ten goals and presently sits in eighth place within the scorer charts (six off Luke Jephcott on the top) and is priced at 100/1 to win the Golden Boot.”

 

Sky Bet League Two: Wes Hoolahan (Cambridge United)

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Cambridge United winger Wes Hoolahan has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for January. 

It’s such a pity that League Two followers are missing out on seeing Hoolahan’s silky easy skills first hand. The 38-year-old danced his manner round and by means of defences in January, contributing two goals and two assists as Cambridge went top.

Hoolahan said: “It has been a great month. We gained so many video games and went by means of January unbeaten, so it really has been a constructive month. It is actually been good to get the assists and a few goals to go along with it. I am delighted to win this award, however I could not have carried out it with none of the opposite lads. 

“It is going really well, I am hoping we will continue this journey and decide up lots extra points alongside the best way.”

Sky Sports activities’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “He just retains on going! He could also be 38, however Wes Hoolahan has produced magical moments all through his career and the magic hasn’t stopped but.

“What a coup it was when Cambridge secured his signature and his opponents in League Two actually all know it.

“The former Premier League midfielder was instrumental to Cambridge’s rise back up the league in January, knocking in two goals of his own and creating two extra for his teammates.”

Sky Bet EFL dealer Ivor Davies said: “On the age of 38 the evergreen Wes Hoolahan continues to be pulling the strings within the coronary heart of Cambridge’s midfield as he helped his side win 4 and draw two in January to send the U’s to the top of League Two.

“The former Republic of Eire international was in peak type throughout January scoring two and helping two extra.

“He accomplished the full ninety minutes in 5 out of six video games and it could be no shock if he have been to guide Cambridge to promotion, on the comparatively short worth of 11/8 from 9/1 on the start of the season.”

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