Conte nets LMA Manager of the Year award

Antonio Conte was crowned Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association on Monday after winning the title in his first season with Chelsea.

The Italian is only the third foreign winner of the prestigious award after Claudio Ranieri picked up last year’s award and Arsene Wenger, who won the award in 2002 and 2004.

It was the LMA’s 50th Manager of the Year award, with the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy awarded to "the manager who has made the greatest use of the resources available in the current campaign."

It is the second award for Conte, who was also voted Premier League Manager of the Year.

He becomes the second Italian in two years to lead a team to Premier League glory following Ranieri’s surprise triumph with the Foxes.

The 47-year-old former Juventus and Italy coach was at the helm as the Stamford Bridge side recorded a league-record 30 victories from their 38 league games.

He also guided Chelsea to the FA Cup final this weekend, where they will face Arsenal.

The Championship award went to Brighton boss Chris Hughton for the second year running, after he led the south-coast club to the Premier League for the first time in their history.

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