EPL: Guardiola sets manager of month record, Kane wins player award

EPL: Guardiola sets manager of month record, Kane wins player award

Pep Guardiola has beaten off competition from rivals, Jurgen Klopp, Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino to win Premier League Manager of the Month for December.

The award which was announced by the Premier League on their verified Twitter handle on Friday, means the Manchester City boss becomes the first manager to win it four times consecutively.

The 46-year-old was named winner of the award as his side produced six league wins and a draw in December, 2017.

He now surpasses Chelsea boss, Conte, who won the award three times in a row in 2016.

Also, Tottenham striker Harry Kane was named player of the month for December to equal ex-Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard’s record of winning the award six times.

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24-year-old Kane struck eight goals – including two hat-tricks – during the last month of last year.

It was a remarkable December for Kane as he also broke Alan Shearer’s calendar year record for Premier League goals taking his tally to 39 in 2017.

His Spurs side produced four wins, a draw and a single defeat to Guardiola’s City, who remain unbeaten in the Premier League and sit 15 points clear at the top.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe won the Carling Premier League Goal of the Month award.

He looped the ball over Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni from an acute angle to give his side a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park in December.

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