Conte picks up award from peers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Antonio Conte’s achieve­ment in coach­ing Chelsea to the Pre­mier League ti­tle in his first sea­son in charge saw him named man­ager of the year by his peers, the League Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion (LMA), on Mon­day.

The 47-year-old Ital­ian — who per­formed a sim­i­lar feat at Juventus in his first sea­son with them in 2011/12 — could land the do­mes­tic dou­ble if Chelsea beat Ar­se­nal in Satur­day’s FA Cup fi­nal.

Conte — a former mid­field work­horse for Juventus and Italy — won praise for turn­ing a de­mor­alised squad who had gone from be­ing cham­pi­ons in 2015 to 10th place in the 2015/16 cam­paign back into ti­tle win­ners in such a short space of time.

Chelsea claimed a Pre­mier League-record 30 vic­to­ries un­der the stew­ard­ship of Conte, in­clud­ing 13 in a row from Oct 1, to fin­ish seven points ahead of sec­ond-placed Tot­ten­ham. AFP

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte with the League Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion Man­ager of the Year Award.

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