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Premier League reveal nominees for Manager of the Month for January


West Ham boss David Moyes was nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Month award in January in recognition of the Hammers’ recent form and their rise to the top five.

Moyes is joined by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Graham Potter from Brighton, who also oversaw good races in January.

West Ham won four straight games in January and were only beaten by defending champions Liverpool as the busy month drew to a close. This race included victories over Everton, Burnley, West Brom and Crystal Palace.

Moyes is a ten-time winner of the Manager of the Month award. Only Sir Alex Ferguson (27) and Arsene Wenger (15) have won it more often, although he has not received the honor since leaving Everton almost eight years ago.

For Guardiola’s City, January reported six wins in six games and is part of a longer nine-game winning streak that started in December and now continues into February.

City beat Chelsea, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, West Brom and Sheffield United in the month in question. They conceded just one goal and won all of those games on an 18-1 cumulative score line.

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Pep Guardiola is shortlisted for the MOTM award | Pool / Getty Images

Guardiola is another manager of the month series winner, winning the trophy seven times.

Arteta, who has yet to win it in his young managerial career, guided Arsenal to an unbeaten month in January, in which the Gunners took 11 out of 15 points to climb back up to the top half of the table and start compensating a terrible first half of the season.

The Gunners beat West Brom and Newcastle, beat Southampton comfortably, drew Crystal Palace and kept Manchester United’s resurgence at a standstill.

Potter’s Brighton lost to Manchester City in January, but the struggling Seagulls were otherwise undefeated and a series of improved results served to put some distance between them and the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Graham Potter hopes to tie Dean Smith’s win last month | GLYN KIRK / Getty Images

Brighton started the month with an important draw against Wolves, before a win over Leeds was their first in the Premier League in around eight weeks. They ended January with a draw against Fulham and an impressive 1-0 win over Tottenham.

If Potter wins, it’s a second consecutive month that an Englishman has won the award after Dean Smith’s recognition in December. Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew were awarded consecutively by two English managers for the last time in 2014.

Fans can vote for Premier League manager of the month for January website until 6 p.m. (GMT) on Monday February 6.

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