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Brendan Rodgers secures monthly accolade

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers took over at Swansea City last summer

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers picked up the Championship's manager of the month award for February and now wants to add promotion to his CV.

Rodgers has guided the Swans to second in the table with five wins from six last month, keeping four clean sheets.

"I want to work at the very highest level I possibly can," Rodgers told BBC Sport Wales.

"I'm very happy here and I want to do everything I can to bring the highest level we can to this club."

Rodgers beat off competition from Cardiff boss Dave Jones, Neil Warnock, manager of leaders Queens Park Rangers, and Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson for the February award.

The Northern Irishman was appointed in July 2010 following the departure of Paulo Sousa to Leicester City, who was later sacked after nine games in charge and replaced by Eriksson.

Rodgers, 38, arrived at the Liberty Stadium with just a year's managerial experience under his belt where he he experience mixed fortunes at two clubs.

The ex-Chelsea reserve team coach led Watford from a relegation battle to mid-table safety during seven months in charge.

He quit in June 2008 to take over at Reading as successor to Steve Coppell but lasted just six months before being sacked in December 2009.

But since his appointment by Swansea, Rodgers has turned the Welsh side from promotion hopefuls to promotion contenders, winning 23 of his 40 games in charge.

The Swans sit second in the Championship table, five points behind leaders QPR with 12 games and hope to remain in the automatic promotion spots starting with Saturday's trip to relegation-threatened Scunthorpe United.

"We're not really concentrating on the position, but more the performance because there's a process to getting there," said Rodgers.

"We know where we want to be come the last game of the season. It's important we understand how we're going to arrive there and for us, that's about playing our game."

He added: "We know Scunthorpe is going to be a difficult game - they are fighting for their lives and I'm sure Ian [Barraclough] will have his team revved up to try and get a win.

"Their last three games at home they've done well. They've beaten Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United having been 2-0 down so we totally understand it will be a tough game."

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Scunthorpe Utd 1-0 Swansea
05 Mar 11 |  Championship
Swans handed double fitness boost
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Swans appoint Rodgers as new boss
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