London - 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).
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.
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.
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
"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.
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."
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