Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin have claimed the Barclays Awards for the month of December.
Manuel Pellegrini has been named Barclays Manager of the Month for December after guiding his Manchester City side to five wins and a draw over the festive month. Pellgrini’s side scored 14 and conceded just four during a run of games that inclued Sunderland, Everton, Leicester, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Burnley.
A draw with Burnley at the Etihad Stadium was their only blip in a near faultless month. Their impressive run of form, cut Chelsea’s lead from eight points to two at the top of the table and was made all the more impressive by doing so without a host of key players, including Sergio Aguero.
This is the third time the Chilean has scooped the award.
Moving from a three-time winner in Manuel Pellegrini to a first time winner in Charie Austin of QPR. The striker becomes only the second ever QPR man to claim this acolade after Trevor Sinclair did back in 1995.
Austin scored five goals while also claiming an assist over the course of December,including a hat-trick in a memorable 3-2 victory over West Brom at Loftus Road.
Speaking to qpr.co.uk, Austin was thrilled to recieve recognition for his performances.
”To win awards like this is very pleasing. I just try to work as hard as I can and score as many goals as I can for QPR.”
The Engish man hopes that he can help his team, who are currently lying in 19th place in the Premier League standings gain some kind of positive form as quickly as possibe.
“I’ve scored 13 so far in the Premier League and I’m really pleased with where I am. Hopefully it can continue and we can start climbing the table as quickly as possible.”
It is expected that an England call-up is on the cards for the former Burnley man after a fanstatic half-season and this award may help him form part of Roy Hodgson’s plans.
Seán Ó Murchú, Pundit Arena