Monday, 1 February 2010

Allegri beats Mourinho to Golden Bench

Cagliari coach Massimiliano Allegri has been voted Serie A Coach of the Year for 2008-09, collecting the prestigious Panchina d'Oro award in Coverciano today.

Massimiliano AllegriThe 42-year-old beat off competition from Inter's Jose Mourinho for the "Golden Bench" award, which is voted for by the 42 coaches in Serie A and B.

Despite beginning his tenure in Sardinia with five straight defeats last term, Allegri guided the relegation candidates to a comfortable ninth place finish.

Mourinho, who has repeatedly clashed with top-flight colleagues, led Inter to the Scudetto in his first season in Italy and last week won the AIC Coach of the Year award, which is voted for by the players.

"I am very happy for this recognition," said Allegri. "I don't feel it was a duel between myself and Jose Mourinho. I'm not happy because I beat him but because great coaches have voted for me."

Antonio Conte claimed the Panchina d'Argento ("Silver Bench") as the best coach of the last Serie B season after guiding Bari to promotion, shortly before parting company.

The Lega Pro's managerial awards went to Cesena coach Pierpaolo Bisoli and Leonardo Semplici of Figline for guiding their clubs to promotion last season from the third and fourth tiers of Italian football respectively.

Source: FIGC

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