Swansea City boss Paul Clement has won the Barclays Premier League manager of the month award after a winning three of his five games in charge in January.
Clement, 44, replaced Bob Bradleyafter joining from Bayern Munich, where he was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant.
Clement, appointed on Jan. 3 with the club at the foot of the table, saw Swansea beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on his first day in the job and, despite losing 4-0 to Arsenal in their next league game, ended the month with a 3-2 win over Liverpool and a 2-1 success against Southampton to move out of the relegation zone.
“I would like to accept the award on behalf of the club — the staff and the players who have done a really good job since I have been here. We have picked up some good results and there’s a real positivity around the group.
“That’s come from the work we have done on the training pitch, plus what goes on in the gym and in the video room. We are moving in the right direction, but the big thing now is that we have to keep things going.”
“We’ve got 14 games to go, very hard games, and we have to approach each game with 100% focus and concentration to continue getting good results.
“I don’t know the folklore but we’re working everyday to improve and we’ve got a very important game against Leicester at home.
“We’re glad that last time we played at home we got a positive result against Southampton where the fans were brilliant.
“Hopefully we can give them something else to cheer about this weekend.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte — who won the award in October, November and December — was not among the nominees for the January prize after seeing his side’s unbeaten record end at Tottenham Hotspur and ending the month with a draw against Liverpool.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman was also nominated after overseeing a 3-0 win over Southampton, a 4-0 win over Manchester City and a 1-0 success over Crystal Palace in his three league games.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had been another contender after impressive wins over Watford, Chelsea and West Brom but, while his side remained unbeaten, they were less convincing when concluding the month with draws against Manchester City and Sunderland.
Stoke’s Mark Hughes, whose side beat Watford and Sunderland before drawing 1-1 against Manchester United, was the final contender.