Antonio Conte Wins 3rd Consecutive Manager Of The Month Award and thereby setting a premier league record. He is the first coach to have won the manager of the month for three consecutive months in the premier league. He has won the accolade in October, November and December. This is all the more impressive when you consider this is his first year in the English Premier League.
In winning the award, the Italian Coach led Chelsea to victories over Manchester City, West Brom, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. The award for December comes on the back of previous successes in November and October, fuelled by a winning streak of 13 consecutive league wins for the Italian and his team.
The three prizes puts Conte in the record books and also see him draw level with another former boss at Stamford Bridge – Jose Mourinho – and he has collected his personal accolades in just five months. Mourinho took over from Claudio Ranieri, a five-time winner, at the beginning of 2004, but had to wait until March 2007 to pick up his third, and amazingly still his most recent, Manager of the Month award.
List Of EPL Manager Of The Month Award Winners
27 – Sir Alex Ferguson
15 – Arsene Wenger
10 – David Moyes
8 – Martin O’Neill, Harry Redknapp
6 – Sam Allardyce, Rafa Benitez, Bobby Robson
5 – Kevin Keegan, Claudio Ranieri
4 – Carlo Ancelotti, Roy Hodgson, Joe Kinnear, Manuel Pellegrini, Gordon Strachan
3 – Alan Curbishley, Antonio Conte, Gerard Houllier, Ronald Koeman, Jose Mourinho, David O’Leary, Alan Pardew, Stuart Pearce, Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers.
Chelsea were however not lucky to produce the player of the month award winner. Rather, the award went to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Manchester United forward had a rewarding December as his goals have been crucial in helping Manchester United to maintain 6th position in the league table.