December reward for McLeish

Birmingham City's Alex McLeish has been named as the Premier League Manager of the Month for December.

McLeish guided the Blues to four wins and two draws in the top-flight last month, as City rose into the top half of the table.

"It's with great pride that I accept the Manager of the Month award," the Scotsman told his club's official website.

"It is a reward for the hard work, dedication and professionalism shown by many people behind the scenes – not least my coaching team, the players, club staff and the supporters.

"This is a pat on the back for everyone at this club who has given their all so far this season. But we won't allow it to affect our focus.

"We know there's still a long way to go and we'll continue to work hard to achieve our aim of staying in the Premier League."

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