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LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

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• YOU • YOUR TEAM • THE GAME

• THE INDUSTRY

• YOU • YOUR TEAM • THE GAME

• THE INDUSTRY

London

s iconic Grosvenor House Hotel formed

the backdrop for the 25th LMA Annual Awards 2017

sponsored by Everest. Over 1,000 members, partners,

friends and stakeholders in the game came together

to celebrate the successes of the past season

and to recognise the achievements of their peers.

Awards were handed out to those managers considered to have achieved the

most given the resources available to them, with the LMA Manager of the Year

Award sponsored by Everest awarded to Antonio Conte.

On collecting his award Conte said: “I’ve had a lot of incredible emotions

in my first season here in England. I want to say thank you to all the people who

voted for me. It’s great to receive this award. It’s fantastic to read all the names

of people who have won this trophy and to be among these managers is a great

achievement for me. I hope to continue in the best way.”

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “This evening’s silver celebration LMA

Annual Awards Dinner allowed us to reflect on the first 25 years of our association.

The evening also saw us present the new Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA

Manager of the Year, sponsored by Everest for the first time. This magnificent

trophy, which was hand-crafted by Thomas Lyte, recognises all previous winners

of the Manager of the Year award stretching as far back as Sir Matt Busby in 1968,

all of whom received the award at the recommendation of their fellow managers.”

Speaking about the LMA Service to Football Award, LMA chief executive Richard

Bevan said: “It was our privilege to honour Tony Collins’ contribution to the game.

As the first BAME manager in English football, Tony was able to break down barriers

in the 1960s. The game must continue to address the issues facing BAME managers

and coaches so more can follow in Tony’s footsteps.