Claudio Ranieri scoops prestigious managerial award

Leicester City

Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri is on the cusp of creating history.

According to GianlucaDiMarzio, Claudio Ranieri has been named Italy’s manager of the year.

The report says that the Leicester City boss has scooped the prestigious 2016 Bearzot award after it was announced during a press conference at the headquarters of the Federcalcio Roma.

The award, named after Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning boss Enzo Bearzot, goes to the outstanding Italian manager of the season which on reflection can only be one winner in Ranieri.

The former Chelsea boss took charge of Leicester last summer, succeeding Nigel Pearson after the former defender led the Foxes to Premier League survival at the back-end of last season.

12 months ago the East Midlands side were rooted to the foot of the Premier League table and looking likely to go down, yet now against all odds they sit seven points clear at the top of the table.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for Leicester, and with so many expecting them to slip-up, Ranieri’s side keep defying the odds as they remain on course for a historic Premier League title triumph.

The Foxes lead second-placed Tottenham Hotspur by seven points with just six games remaining, meaning that four more wins would guarantee the East Midlands side their first ever top-flight title success.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Italy national team coach Antonio Conte were among those in contention for the award, yet Ranieri’s story is so remarkable there could only be one winner.

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