Canaries boss is a worthy winner

January 5, 2006

Nigel Worthington has been named the Coca-Cola Championship manager of the month for December after steering Norwich into play-off contention.

The Canaries recovered from a poor start to the season following relegation from the Premiership and recorded five wins from six games to lift themselves to within three points of a top-six spot.

Worthington, who is preparing his side for an FA Cup third-round tie against West Ham at Carrow Road on Saturday, said: 'I am pleased for everybody at the club and I will pick it up on behalf of everybody at the club because everybody deserves it for all their hard work.

'We had a great month in December and if we can repeat that over the three or four months between now and the end of the season, then we will be right in there.'

Oldham's Ronnie Moore collected his League One award and put it down to a change in luck.

The Latics boss, who arrived at Boundary Park in March, saw a run of four wins and two draws in December lift his side to eighth place in the table, level on points with sixth-placed Barnsley.

'We've had a bit of luck that we've not had in the past,' said Moore. 'There's confidence in the camp and that comes about when you start winning games.

'When you start winning it comes on a roll and the players have been magnificent. It's been a magnificent month, but we needed it. When you bring in 12 new players you're very lucky if you get them to gel at the same time.

'We've had four centre-backs out all season and we've just got them back - that's one of the main reasons for our success because we were letting in lots of goals,' he told Sky Sports.

Carlisle manager Paul Simpson was named League Two's top boss.

Simpson pipped Cheltenham boss John Ward, Russell Slade of Grimsby and Macclesfield's Brian Horton to the award.

The Cumbrians have had an excellent month in which they won three and drew two of their five league games which has seen them cement their place among the promotion contenders.

Simpson said: 'It's been a difficult month and a difficult start to the season really. We have had to grind out results and have fought back on occasions but we've stuck together.

'Success comes from having good players and they have all done well for us. We've all worked hard to get among the top places,' he told Sky Sports News.