Martin O’Neill named Premier League Manager of the Month

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is named Manager of the Month for December, while Newcastle's Demba Ba scoops player award

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Martin O'Neill succeeded Steve Bruce as Sunderland boss in December PA Photos

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Martin O’Neill has been named the Barclays Premier League Manager of the month for December after an impressive start to his reign as Sunderland boss.

Newcastle United forward Demba Ba scooped the player award following a string of fine performances that have placed the Senegalese striker in second place in the race for the Premier League golden boot with 15 goals.

O’Neill guided the Black Cats to two wins and a draw from his first four top-flight games since taking the reigns from Steve Bruce at the beginning of December.

The Northern Irishman’s reign began with a thrilling late 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. And after 1-0 away defeat by high-flying Tottenham Hotspur, the Black Cats bounced back with a 3-2 win at Queens Park Rangers before drawing 1-1 with Everton on Boxing Day.

The winners were chosen by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football’s governing bodies, the media and fans.

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