Clark is nominated alongside Billy Davies, Mick McCarthy and Steve McClaren. The winner will be announced tomorrow (Friday 10 January).
Lee Clark (Birmingham City)
An unbeaten month saw Birmingham record impressive away wins at Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers. They also held promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest to goalless draws as Clark instilled growing belief in his team.
Billy Davies (Nottingham Forest)
Davies carefully guided his side to four clean sheets during a hectic programme which ended with entertaining and convincing home victories over QPR and Leeds United. Three wins and three draws lifted Forest into the play-off places.
Mick McCarthy (Ipswich Town)
The quiet revolution in Suffolk continued apace with three wins and three draws from six matches. McCarthy’s influence on Frank Nouble alongside David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy has given his team an attacking trio to fear.
Steve McClaren (Derby County)
A December to remember in which McClaren’s side garnered 19 points from 21 and outscored their opponents by a huge 18-6 margin. He placed the emphasis on free-flowing attacking play as Derby moved up into second place.