Coleraine boss Oran Kearney picks up December manager award

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has been named Carling Manager of the Month for the first time.

Kearney guided the Bannsiders to five victories and two draws from their seven games in December.

The highlights included a League Cup semi-final win over Cliftonville and defeating derby rivals Ballymena.

"There's a buzz at the club at present - from board level to playing staff, we're all pulling in the right direction," said a delighted Kearney.

He added: "It is up to us to keep our good form going."

The former Linfield and Ballymena United player was appointed Coleraine manager in February last year after impressing as boss of Championship club Limavady United.