Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce has scooped the Barclays Manager of the Month Award for December following a five game winning sequence which saw the Trotters cement their position in the top six of the Barclays Premiership.
Following a narrow away loss to Reading at the beginning of the month (1-0), Allardyce's side beat West Ham at home (4-0) and Aston Villa away (0-1). This was followed by further wins against Man City (0-2) and Newcastle (2-1) before they rounded off 2006 by defeating Portsmouth at home (3-2).
Having managed Bolton Wanderers since 1999, this is the fourth time Allardyce has won the Barclays Manager of the Month Award. He previously won the accolade in August 2001, November 2003 and January 2004.
Jim Hytner, from the Barclays Awards Panel, said: "Allardyce's award recognises the commitment and strength shown by Bolton during the current season. Their impressive form at the end of the year, which saw them score ten goals in December, suggests that they will continue to impress in 2007."