Leicester city’s manager Claudio Ranieri has futher been rewarded for his outstanding achievements with champions Leicester city by scooping the premier league managers coach of the year as well as the premier league’s coach of the year.
The 64-year-old Italian becomes just the second non-British manager to claim the prestigious accolade after Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, who won it in both 2002 and 2004. Ranieri had already picked up three manager of the month awards in the course of his side’s remarkable campaign, and was named Italian manager of the year in his homeland last month.He succeeds Eddie Howe, who took the overall award last year after leading Bournemouth into the Premier League, pipping José Mourinho, who had to settle for the top-flight title.Ranieri’s spectacular success in his first season with Leicester came despite widespread predictions he would struggle after replacing Nigel Pearson in the summer. Ranieri was also named as the Barclays Premier League manager of the year.
LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said: “Leicester’s achievement has been made possible by the tactical and technical knowledge of Claudio and his coaching staff.”His passion for football, humility and charisma has underpinned an incredible ability to manage a team at the very highest level. He is a worthy champion and a true gentleman of the sport.”
The LMA’s Championship award went to Chris Hughton of Brighton, on the night the Seagulls were knocked out of the play-offs by Sheffield Wednesday.Hughton was a worthy winner of the award nonetheless, having masterminded a superb campaign down on the south coast.Third-place finishers Brighton only missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference and they accumulated a points total which would have been enough for promotion in many seasons.