Reading’s Jaap Stam beats Norwich City boss Alex Neil to Championship manager of the month award for January

Canaries boss Alex Neil, left, pictured with his Reading counterpart Jaap Stam during his teams 3-1

Canaries boss Alex Neil, left, pictured with his Reading counterpart Jaap Stam during his teams 3-1 loss on Boxing Day. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil will not have to worry about a manager-of-the-month 'curse', after being beaten to the Championship's January award by Reading manager Jaap Stam.

Three wins in four league games last month saw the Scot nominated for the award, alongside Stam, Wolves boss Paul Lambert and Cardiff City's Neil Warnock.

That is despite Reading winning three and losing two of their five games, with Wolves taking the most points, having won three and drawn one – losing their only game to Norwich.

The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports' EFL expert Don Goodman, EFL marketing director Drew Barrand, League Managers' Association director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet football trading manager Paul Lowery.

The award for League One went to Fleetwod Town chief Uwe Rösler and Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson took the gong for League Two.

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