Former Inter boss Roberto Mancini has been voted Serie A coach of the 2007-08 campaign, receiving the prestigious Panchina D'Oro award in Coverciano today.
The 43-year-old was selected by his Serie A and B colleagues as the ideal candidate to succeed Fiorentina tactician Cesare Prandelli, who won the "Golden Bench" prize in the two previous editions.
Mancini guided the Nerazzurri to their third successive league title before being replaced in the summer by Jose Mourinho.
The former Lazio player dedicated the award to his former players. "I want to thank all the coaches that have voted for me," said Mancini. "I also want to thank the Inter players, who made it possible."
Mancini is currently unemployed and has been linked with a move to Spanish champions Real Madrid who may decide to replace under-pressure coach Bernd Schuster.
Giuseppe Iachini claimed the Panchina d'Argento ("Silver Bench") as the best coach of the last Serie B season after guiding Chievo to promotion, although he was recently fired with the Flying Donkeys grounded at the foot of the top-flight standings.
The Lega Pro's managerial awards went to former Sassuolo coach Massimiliano Allegri, now at Cagliari, and Alessandro Pane of Reggiana for guiding their teams to promotion last season from the third and fourth tiers of Italian football respectively.