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FROM THE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

The June edition of the Manager magazine is our perennial opportunity

to reflect on another season and to acknowledge the special achievements

of our LMA Managers of the Year.

Every manager who collected an award

at our stunning Annual Awards dinner,

hosted at London’s Grosvenor House,

should be proud of their achievement

this season and of the high regard and

esteem in which they are held by their

fellow LMA members. In particular, we

were delighted to present the LMA

Manager of the Year Award sponsored

by Everest to Antonio Conte, who in his

first season with us has already made

such a positive impact on the game.  

As you will see on page 8, Antonio

received the new silver Sir Alex

Ferguson trophy, commissioned by

Thomas Lyte. It is 50 years since Sir

Matt Busby was named the first LMA

Manager of the Year, his achievements

in the season being recognised by his

fellow managers. The new trophy is

engraved with the names of all the

subsequent winners since Sir Matt in

1968; we were privileged to be joined

at this year’s event by many of those

previous winners or representatives

of their families, to whom we presented

special commemorative medals.

The dinner also celebrated 25 years of

the modern LMA, an organisation and

team that I am proud to lead and that

does so much for managers at all levels

of the professional game. Our chairman,

Howard Wilkinson, led a touching and

heart-felt tribute to Graham Taylor,

a founding father of the LMA and

someone who was always there with

an encouraging word for the work we

do. His passion and enthusiasm for the

game and his fellow professionals was

infectious and an example to us all.    

Just before the end of the season, the

football world was united in the sad

loss of Ugo Ehiogu, a giant of a man

with a personality and smile to match.

Ugo was studying with the LMA for

his Diploma in Football Management

and was a passionate student. Having

already made a hugely positive impact

as a coach at Tottenham it was clear he

had a brilliant career ahead of him. He

will be sorely missed by all those who

knew him and our thoughts and prayers

are with his family and friends.

I have written this introduction from

my home in Manchester at the end

of a week in which Brendan Rodgers

achieved a remarkable Scottish treble

with Celtic and José Mourinho guided

Manchester United to their first ever

Europa League trophy and a place

in next season’s Champions League.

These are exceptional achievements

by teams managed by two exceptional

individuals. However, if ever a city

needed a moment of light in the dark

it was Manchester this week. That

Jose’s team would approach the final

with anything other than the utmost

professionalism and desire to ‘get the

job done’ was never in question, but the

way they handled the final in Stockholm

and gave a moment of defiant

celebration to a city suffering from

tragedy deserves praise and gratitude

in equal measure.

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