Roberto Martinez reckons success as a manager must be in his DNA!

The Swansea City boss believes the influence of his father, also a football club manager, was the perfect preparation for his career in the dug out.

After scooping the Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month award for January, Martinez, 35, said: "When you start off in management it is a very steep learning curve.

"It can be very hard, especially when you are still young.

"But there were no surprises for me because I had grown up with it. I knew all about the difficulties.

"That was a huge advantage, knowing the extreme emotions that go with the job.

"We would have a great week as a family if my dad's team won on the Sunday. If he lost, it would be a bad week!

"You take results home, but you have to try and remember to make time for your family because they are the most important thing. My father taught me that as well.

"He was proud of me when I got the Swansea job, but I think he was worried.

"He knows how intense the job is compared to being a player. When you play, you concentrate for a few hours a day and that's it; when you manage, it's a 24-hour-a-day job.

"He worried for me in that regard but he also understood why I had to take the position.

"He felt that same enthusiasm when he was starting off."

Martinez won the Coca-Cola League 1 title in his first full season in charge, and has now hauled the South Wales club into Championship promotion contention after a dream January.

The Swans won five of their six league and Cup games last month, including an impressive 2-0 win at Burnley and victories over promotion-chasing Reading and Preston North End.

Martinez refuses to take all the credit for Swansea's success.

And to prove it, he will keep his Manager of the Month award at the Liberty Stadium rather than take it home.

Martinez added: "I think this award is for everyone who works at the club because everyone contributes to the success.

"We were lucky enough to win the Coca-Cola award three times last season and all those trophies went to live in the stadium, so this one will as well.

"It's a very proud achievement for the whole club and hopefully we can maintain our form and finish in the Play-Offs."

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