Antonio Conte has become the first person to receive the Barclays Manager of the Month award for a third month in succession after helping Chelsea to six successive wins in December.
Conte’s side equalled the Premier League record of 13 consecutive victories in a single season with maximum points throughout the month.
Chelsea opened the month with a come-from-behind victory at Manchester City, before winning 1-0 against West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.
Then, Conte’s men were 3-0 winners over AFC Bournemouth and claimed a 4-2 triumph against Stoke City.
“This award shows we’re working very well,” Conte. “December was a great month for us. It was important for the table and for our confidence.”
The Italian was picked from a shortlist that featured Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, Manchester United's Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino, of Tottenham Hotspur.
The winner was decided by a combination of votes from a panel of experts and the public.
2016/17's Barclays Managers of the Month
November Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
October Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
September Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
August Mike Phelan (Hull City)
See: Past awards winners | Barclays Manager of the Month shortlist