Sheffield Wednesday boss Alan Irvine was named Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month for January 2010.
Having taken charge of the Owls at the beginning of January, Irvine has had a fantastic first month in charge, with four wins from five league games. His side began the month with consecutive away victories over Barnsley and Blackpool respectively. Further home victories over Peterborough United and Plymouth Argyle followed to help Wednesday secure 12 points in the month and lift them clear of the relegation zone in the Coca-Cola Championship.
Also short-listed for the January award were Dave Jones of Cardiff City, Billy Davies of Nottingham Forest and Scunthorpe United’s Nigel Adkins.
Alan Curbishley, chairman of the Coca-Cola Manager of the Month Awards panel, said: “Alan Irvine has done remarkably well in double-quick time since taking the reins at Sheffield Wednesday. His side are now out of the relegation places and can look forward to the rest of the season with great optimism.”
Paul Lambert of Norwich City won the award in League 1 and Ian Sampson of Northampton Town was given the League 2 accolade.
The decision to present the Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month award was made by the Coca-Cola Awards panel. Headed by Alan Curbishley the panel also includes former World Cup referee Jack Taylor, on behalf of The Football League, Olaf Dixon of the League Managers Association and Steve Watts, Marketing Assets Manager, Coca-Cola Great Britain.