Gary Rowett and Maikel Kieftenbeld up for January awards

Rowett is up for the nomination alongside former Blues boss Steve Bruce at Hull City, Burnley's Sean Dyche and Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest.

In announcing Rowett's nomination, the judging panel said...

"The patient football he preaches made light work of a difficult-looking January fixture list, garnering 11 points from five games. Successive 3-0 victories over promotion rivals Derby County and Ipswich Town propelled his side into the Play-Off places."

On the playing side, Kieftenbeld is up for his award alongside Abel Hernandez (Hull City), Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday) and Ben Mee (Burnley).

Kieftenbeld's nomination reads...

"Fully adjusted to life in the Championship following his summer move, the Dutchman offers a cultured presence in the Birmingham midfield. Has an eye for a goal, too, with three in the month, including superb volleys against Derby County and Ipswich Town."

The winners of both awards will be announced on Friday 5 February.

The judging panel comprises Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Head of Communications John Nagle; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.