Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for January.

A perfect month saw his side earn a maximum 15 points and move eight points clear.

His attention to detail complemented the vibrancy of his team's attacking play, with the highlight a 4-1 win over East Midlands rivals Derby County.

Dave Bassett, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: "It was a fantastic month for Nigel Pearson which ended with a club record eighth league win in a row.

"Leicester have maintained their momentum and they are now in a great position at the top of the Sky Bet Championship."

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "If Nigel's Leicester team do go on to win promotion from the Sky Bet Championship then January may be the month they look back on as being pivotal.

"They extended their lead to eight points after a hard-fought victory away at Leeds United and a clinical 2-1 win at Birmingham City."

Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: "A perfect month for Nigel Pearson's Foxes has seen them leap ahead in the Sky Bet Championship title race.

"The signing of Kevin Philips paid dividends immediately as he came on to make the difference at Elland Road in what was the toughest encounter they faced in the month."

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