Norwich City boss Paul Lambert was named Coca-Cola League 1 Manager of the Month for December 2009.
Lambert’s side continued their recent run of good form with a fantastic return in December, securing four wins and a draw from their five league fixtures. They kicked off the month with back-to-back wins against Southend United and Oldham Athletic before gaining a point in a thrilling match at Yeovil Town. The Canaries continued their impressive run with a further three points against Huddersfield Town before rounding off a successful unbeaten month with a 2-0 win over Millwall to end the year in the Play-Off places in Coca-Cola League 1.
Also short-listed for the December award were Andy Scott of Brentford, Simon Grayson of Leeds United and Southampton’s Alan Pardew.
Alan Curbishley, chairman of the Coca-Cola Manager of the Month Awards panel, said: “Paul Lambert has done a fantastic job at Norwich since taking over in August, guiding his team on an excellent run that has seen them climb up the table and keep pace with the leaders in League 1.”
Billy Davies of Nottingham Forest won the award in the Championship and Keith Hill of Rochdale was given the League 2 accolade.
The decision to present the Coca-Cola League 1 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.