GUS POYET and Adam Johnson are in the running to receive recognition for Sunderland’s January purple patch.
Sunderland boss Poyet led the Black Cats to seven points from four league games last month, while also steering the club into the Capital One Cup final and the fifth round of the FA Cup.
That has led to Poyet making the four-man shortlist for the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month award, along with Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini, Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho and Crystal Palace’s Tony Pulis.
Johnson was the key figure for Sunderland during the most successful month of the campaign so far, with his goal in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby his seventh in as many games.
The winger, who will hope to impress England boss Roy Hodgson in this weekend’s clash with Hull City, is nominated for the Player of the Month prize along with Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Man City’s Yaya Toure.