Oran Kearney has been named as the BT Sport Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Manager of the Month for January. Receiving his award, Kearney admitted: “There was a stage when I wondered if I would get the chance to win another one of these awards.
“The whole of Christmas felt like make or break and it was a really tough time. We kept saying we had to draw the positives from our experience and I know I will be a better manager for it.“I feel like I have maybe two seasons worth of experience under my belt in the past few months and it will give me more tools for the future.
“Losing nine league games in a row was devastatingly hard but the attitude of the players was terrific. I’ve been in changing rooms that would not have survived but not this one.
“We stuck together, that’s the most important thing and now we have momentum.”