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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Leicester City boss Ranieri named England’s Manager of the Year

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Leicester City’s inspirational manager Claudio
Ranieri has picked up another piece of
silverware after being elected Manager of the
Year by England’s League Managers Association
(LMA).

The 64-year-old Italian, who led Leicester to a
5,000-1 Premier League title triumph, becomes
only the second non-Briton to win the award
after Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger,
who was honoured in 2002 and 2004.

Ranieri, who was also crowned Premier League
Manager of the Year, collected the award at a
ceremony in London on Monday after a
helicopter ride from Leicester’s Premier League
victory parade.

“As a player I was not a champion, but I had
great heart,” he told the audience.

“I told my players I wanted them to play English
football and I put my little Italian tactics with
their English heart and then we can do
something special.

“They followed me. It is a fairytale and I don’t
know what has happened. I don’t know, believe
me.”

Ranieri was also named Italian Manager of the
Year in his homeland last month.

He succeeds Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, who
won last year’s prestigious LMA award after
steering Bournemouth to promotion from the
Championship for the first time in the club’s
history.

“My congratulations go to the LMA manager of
the year sponsored by Barclays, Claudio Ranieri,
who, in his first year as manager of Leicester
City, has achieved the most astonishing of
sporting triumphs,” said LMA chairman Howard
Wilkinson, the former Leeds United manager.

“He thoroughly deserves all the recognition and
praise being bestowed upon him tonight.”

Ranieri was due to fly to Thailand with his squad
on Tuesday for a post-season trip to the country
of the club’s owners, travel retail group King
Power.

AFP

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