Sky Bet Football League: Bournemouth's Eddie Howe is named Championship Manager of the Month for December

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for December.

Howe, who also won the October award, steered the Cherries to the Football League summit with a perfect December run of five wins during which their stylish brand of football was rewarded with 17 goals.

Former Ipswich and Derby manager George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel. He said: "Amassing a magnificent 15 points from five games gave Eddie Howe a 100% record in December. 

"Scoring 17 goals in the process is a phenomenal achievement for any manager."

Football League December awards

  • Championship Manager of the Month: Eddie Howe
  • Championship Player of the Month: Daryl Murphy
  • League One Manager of the Month: Phil Parkinson
  • League One Player of the Month: Rory McArdle
  • League Two Manager of the Month: Neal Ardley
  • League Two Player of the Month: Paris Cowan-Hall

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "This is Eddie’s second Sky Bet Manager of the Month award in three months.

"His second spell at Bournemouth is going from strength to strength. Eddie has instilled the belief and character in his squad and given them all the tools to reach the top flight. At the moment, it's hard to see who can stop them."

The division's leading scorer Daryl Murphy has won the Player of the Month award after scoring six goals in five games to help Ipswich climb to second in the table.

Rory McArdle, Phil Parkinson, Bradford City, Sky Bet League One Player and Manager of the Month awards, December 2014
Image: Rory McArdle and Phil Parkinson: Double award for Bradford City

Phil Parkinson and Rory McArdle secured an award double for Bradford after winning the Sky Bet League One manager and player gongs respectively.

Parkinson led the Bantams into the play-off places after overseeing an unbeaten run which saw the club pick up 10 points in the process.

Centre-back McArdle was a key member of City’s defence which conceded only one goal during the undefeated four-game run.

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley scooped the League Two Manager of the Month award after claiming three wins, while former Wycombe Wanderers striker Paris Cowan-Hall landed the player’s prize.

Cowan-Hall struck three times in December - including a delightful curler in a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley - and earned a move to the Championship with Millwall at the start of 2015.

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