Claudio Ranieri has been rewarded for leading Leicester to their unexpected Premier League triumph by being crowned manager of the year by the League Managers Association (LMA).
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.
Howard Wilkinson, the chairman of the LMA spoke during occasion of crowning Ranieri, where he congratulated him.
“Claudio Ranieri, in his first year as manager of Leicester City has achieved the most astonishing of sporting triumphs and thoroughly deserves all the recognition and praise being bestowed upon him tonight,” he said.
The LMA’s chief executive Richard Bevan also praised Ranieri.
“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,” he said.
The 64-year-old is the second non-British manager to win such title , after Arsène Wenger, who won in both 2002 and 2004.