Hull City boss Steve Bruce has been named the npower Championship Manager of the Month for December.

The 52-year-old had a December to remember as he guided Hull to five wins and a draw in the month.

Only a goalless draw at home to Leicester City denied Bruce a perfect record, but the Tigers' stellar form shot them into the automatic promotion places and just five points behind league leaders Cardiff City.

Speaking about Steve Bruce's win, panel member Alan Curbishley commented: "Steve Bruce masterminded an unbeaten run in December through some potentially very difficult fixtures and in doing so, took Hull City into an automatic promotion place."

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