Hodgson handed LMA honour

Fulham's Roy Hodgson has been named as the League Managers' Association's manager of the year.

Hodgson took the honours at the LMA's annual dinner, having guided the Cottagers to 12th place in the Premier League this season, as well as masterminding a superb run to the final of the Europa League.

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said:"Since joining Fulham Roy has transformed the club's fortunes.

"He initially saved them from the brink of relegation then took them to their highest ever league position last season. This year he has capitalised on that platform, achieving remarkable success in this season's Europa League.

"He is highly respected by the LMA members and also on an international level where he has worked his miracles in no fewer than seven countries.

"He is a great role model for all aspiring managers and coaches and is fully deserving of this recognition."

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan added:"To be voted for and acknowledged by your fellow members, peers and competitors is a great honour and the ultimate accolade is public recognition of success.

"Roy Hodgson received an overwhelming number of votes from the members and has won the LMA Manager of the Year Award by the most significant margin in the history of the award.

"He is highly respected within the game and held in the highest regard in the family of football."

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