Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been named coach of the year in Italy for a third successive time.
The Italian, who quit the Turin club last summer to become coach of the national team, has now equaled Fabio Capello’s record with his recent ‘Panchina d’Oro (Golden Bench) success. He becomes the first manager, though, to win the honour three times on the trot.
The 45-year-old led the Bianconeri to three Italian Serie A titles in a row between 2011 and 2014. He received the most votes from his peers in the Serie A and Serie B to beat Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Montella and Roma’s Rudi Garcia to second and third place finishes respectively.
“I am really thrilled, this is a highly coveted prize because it is given by our colleagues,” Conte told Italian media during the ceremony. “The Italian coaching school has reached high standards and today I am here with my staff because I received this prize thanks to their hard work.
“It’s deserved considering what we achieved last season, taking 102 points in 38 games. It’s all the more significant because this award is given by my peers.
“It’s a source of great satisfaction and I want to thank my staff for putting up with me.”
Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri won the ‘Panchina d’Argento’ (Silver Bench) for guiding his side to the top flight last term.
Conte has also won the award for the best Serie B coach when he led Bari to promotion in 2009.