Chelsea boss Antonio Conte named LMA and Premier League Manager of the Year

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has been crowned Premier League Manager of the Year and LMA Manager of the Year

Antonio Conte was named Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association in recognition of his title-winning first season as Chelsea head coach.

The Italian becomes only the third non-British winner of the prestigious award after Claudio Ranieri was honoured for guiding Leicester to the title last year and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger claimed the accolade in 2002 and 2004.

The LMA marked their 50th Manager of the Year award with the presentation of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy to "the manager who has made the greatest use of the resources available in the current campaign."

File photo dated 21-05-2017 of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte with the Premier League Trophy.
Image: Antonio Conte has been named the LMA Manager of the Year

Conte, also voted Premier League Manager of the Year, is the second Italian boss in two years to win the Premier League following the Foxes' triumph.

The 47-year-old led the Blues to a league-record 30 victories from 38 league games after arriving at Stamford Bridge last summer, while also guiding his side to this weekend's FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Meanwhile, the Championship award went to Chris Hughton for the second year running, after he led Brighton to England's top flight.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton applauds the traveling supporters after the Sky Bet Championship match at Oakwell, Barnsley.
Image: Brighton boss Chris Hughton was honoured for winning promotion to England's top tier

The 58-year-old ensured the Seagulls responded to last season's disappointment, when they lost in the play-offs to Sheffield Wednesday, by securing automatic promotion alongside his former club Newcastle.

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Chris Wilder was also honoured for the second time is as many years, winning the trophy for League One Manager of the Year after he capped a superb first season in charge of Sheffield United with a top-of-the-table finish and an impressive 100 points.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder gives the thumbs-up to travelling fans
Image: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder won his second award in two years

Wilder was recognised for his achievements in the fourth tier at the end of last season when he guided Northampton to the title before announcing his departure from the Cobblers to join the Blades.

Paul Cook was voted the LMA League Two Manager of the Year after leading newly-promoted Portsmouth to title glory.

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Image: Paul Cook's Portsmouth will play in League One next season

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