Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has won the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month award for January.
The Swans have been flying in their maiden season in the Premier League, with January a particularly impressive month for the Welsh side as they recorded a victory over Arsenal and only a last-minute own goal saw them draw 1-1 with Chelsea.
In addition to claiming all three points away against Aston Villa at the turn of the year, February began in similar style by overturning a one-goal deficit to defeat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns to leave them in 10th place in the table.
The awarding of the prize serves as a testament to the stylish football Rodgers’ inexperienced team have played since embarking upon their first top-flight season since 1982.
The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football’s governing bodies, the media and fans. It is the Ulsterman’s first Manager of the Month Award.
Swansea have been lauded for their performances thus far this season, adopting a pass-and-move style of football which contradicts their inexperience at the top level and has led to pundits and fans alike describing them as ‘the Welsh Barcelona’.
Indeed, the accolade was further underlined last month, when statistics revealed that Liberty Stadium favourite Leon Britton had the highest pass completion rate of any midfielder in Europe, pipping the Catalonian maestro Xavi to the top of the table.