SUNDERLAND manager Martin O’Neill has been named as the Barclays Manager of the Month for December after a terrific start to his reign at the Stadium of Light.
He guided the Black Cats to two wins and a draw in his first four Barclays Premier League games in charge of the club.
O’Neill’s men began the month with a last-gasp win over Blackburn Rovers at the Stadium of Light, with Sebastian Larsson’s 90th minute free-kick sealing all three points in the Ulsterman’s first home match.
A 1-0 loss away to title contenders Tottenham Hotspur followed, but the Black Cats bounced back with a thrilling last-minute 3-2 win away at Queen’s Park Rangers, with Wes Brown netting the late winner.
The Boxing Day fixture at the Stadium of Light saw Everton came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw, but only thanks to a controversial penalty.
It is the eighth time that O’Neill has won the Barclays Manager of the Month Award in his career and the first since he took the reigns at the Stadium of Light following Steve Bruce’s departure.
The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football’s governing bodies, the media and fans.
It was a double for the North East as Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray scooped the award for the Championship.
Read more about O’Neill’s FA Cup debut for Sunderland against Peterborough in tomorrow’s Echo.