Antonio Conte named LMA Manager of the Year following Chelsea's title success

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is named the LMA Manager of the Year after guiding his club to the Premier League title.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been named the LMA Manager of the Year following his club's Premier League title success.

The Italian coach was arguably the frontrunner for the gong after he guided the Blues to the much-coveted trophy in just his first season in charge.

After being named as Jose Mourinho's permanent successor last summer, Conte transformed Chelsea from 10th to first, overseeing 30 wins, three draws and just five defeats.

Other contenders for the award were Swansea City boss Paul Clement and Burnley manager Sean Dyche after both coaches secured top-flight safety for their respective clubs.

West Bromwich Albion's Tony Pulis was also nominated after reaching 10th, while Eddie Howe was included in the pack for guiding Bournemouth to ninth in only the club's second ever season in the top division.

Mauricio Pochettino was also nominated after his Tottenham Hotspur side secured second place - their highest ever finish in the Premier League.

The North London outfit also recorded the best attack and defence statistics of the season, while striker Harry Kane took home the Golden Boot after scoring 29 goals.

The main prize, though, belonged to Conte, who has the opportunity to add another trophy to his list of achievements when his team face Arsenal in the FA Cup final this weekend.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth coach Paul Cook was awarded League Two Manager of the Year, while Sheffield United's Chris Wilder won the League One gong, and Chris Hughton was named the Championship's top boss after securing Premier League promotion for Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chelsea's English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly International Champions Cup football match between Chelsea and Fiorentina at Stamford Bridge in London on August 5, 2015
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