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).
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
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."
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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
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