GARY Rowett has become the first Burton Albion boss to receive a Football League manager of the month award after being named top dog for December.
The Brewers chief guided his side through a hectic Christmas schedule with just one defeat from five games, picking up 10 points from a possible 15 as they finished 2012 in the League Two play-offs.
Rowett's predecessor, Paul Peschisolido, was nominated for the honour in October 2009, but was pipped to the post by John Sheridan, then of Chesterfield.
Rowett said: “It’s a nice accolade to receive.
“I’d seen one or two of the nominations over the months so far this season and wondered if we’d have a chance.
“Actually the month has been that busy I hadn’t reflected on quite how well it went.
“December was a good month and included the Crewe cup match.
“The crucial thing for me is that it is for the whole group.
“I know it’s a bit of a cliché but all of the staff have worked really hard, it’s a group effort here and we’ve got five or six staff members who have all done more than enough to get to this point.”
Rochdale striker Ashley Grimes was named League Two player of the month.
The panel who decided Rowett’s fate comprised former Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley, Football League chief operating officer Andy Williamson, League Managers Association deputy CEO Olaf Dixon and npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins.