ALL SMILES: Hughton (left) and Powell with their honours
THE ONLY black managers in the Football League have both received Manager of the Month awards for January.
Birmingham City’s Chris Hughton and Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell won their respective awards due to their sides’ excellent starts to the year.
City won six and drew two of their eight fixtures in January, which included the Championship team thrashing Millwall 6-0, Sheffield United 4-0 and Leeds United 4-1.
The Blues, who now firmly occupy a place in the play-off places, also eliminated Premier League strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers from the third round of the FA Cup.
The aforementioned victory over Sheffield United set up an enticing FA Cup fifth round match against Premier League big spenders Chelsea on Saturday.
League One leaders Charlton Athletic captured 13 points from a possible 15 last month and their only defeat came at the hands of Premier League club Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup.
This is Powell’s second consecutive Manager of the Month award this season after Charlton went through December unbeaten, while Hughton was also given the monthly gong in October.