The gaffer underlined the importance of his staff and players in winning the award...Royals manager Jaap Stam was delighted to be announced as the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the month, but the Reading boss was keen to point out it was a team effort that had earned the accolade.
The manager was full of praise for his first team staff and players for their performances during January and throughout the season to date, saying that their support and hard work has been vitally important to the success the team have enjoyed so far this season.
“For me it is an honour to win certain trophies but I am very happy with the staff and also with the players, because without their performance we would never have got this award,” said Stam.
“It’s an award as a manager that you get if you do well, but I’ve told everybody before it is not only down to me. I work with a great staff, they work very hard with the team and with everybody around the club to make sure we get good performances.
"As a manager you can’t do it on your own, you need good people around you helping you out who also have knowledge of working with the team."
Reading’s January saw the Royals begin the month with a stunning come-back away at Bristol City to win at Ashton Gate, before back to back losses in the league to QPR and Derby.
Stam’s side bounced back brilliantly from those two defeat however by winning all of their next three fixtures in the league against Fulham, Cardiff and Birmingham City, showing a sense of confidence and composure that the manager was proud of.
“You can’t win every game, but in January when we lost a couple nobody panicked,” reflected the gaffer. “We were very positive because we knew that we could still got out and win games, and that’s what happened.
“Everybody stuck to the plan and was confident in what we needed to do and eventually we go results, which is the main thing we look to do.
“I’m not really looking to win awards for myself,” continued the Dutchman. “It is a lot better for me now looking at the rest of the season that the team make progress and by the end of the season are in a good position in the table.
“That is what we want to achieve and maybe by the end of the season we may have an even better position in the table. That is what we’re working for and looking to achieve so let’s see how it goes.”