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Published: 08:23 | 17/5/16

LMA award for Ranieri

Italian crowned Manager of the Year

Claudio Ranieri has been named the League Managers Association's Manager of the Year after guiding Leicester to the Premier League title.

Many expected the Italian to struggle following his appointment as Nigel Pearson's successor last season but instead he guided the Foxes to an improbable title in his first season in charge.

The 64-year-old, who was named manager of the month three times during the campaign, becomes only the second non-British manager to win the award after Arsene Wenger.

"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 and thoroughly deserves all the recognition and praise being bestowed upon him tonight," LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said.

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan added: "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."

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