First BAME manager recognised at LMA Annual Awards Dinner
Tony Collins, the first BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) manager in English football, was recognised for his contribution to the sport at the 25th LMA Annual Awards Dinner on Monday 22 May.
Collins managed Rochdale for seven years between 1960 – 1967 and during his tenure he guided the Lancashire club to the League Cup Final.
Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of The LMA, was pleased to recognise the contribution of Collins: “It was our privilege to honour Tony Collins’ contribution to the game. As the first BAME manager in English football, Tony was able to break down barriers in the 1960s. The game must continue to address the issues facing BAME managers and coaches so more can follow in Tony’s footsteps.”
The LMA members voted Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the LMA Manager of the Year sponsored by Everest, for the 2016/17 season at the 25th LMA Annual Awards Dinner.
Chris Hughton, recently recognised for winning promotion to the Premier League by Kick It Out and the Professional Footballers’ Association, won the LMA Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year Award.
Speaking at the ceremony, Howard Wilkinson, Chairman of the LMA, said: “This evening’s silver celebration LMA Annual Awards Dinner allowed us to reflect on the first 25 years of our association.
“To be honoured by your peers for not merely the achievement itself but also the manner of the achievement cannot be bettered, and this year we have welcomed a new name to the list of top professionals who have won this prestigious accolade.”
The full list of LMA Annual Awards Winners 2016/17 is as follows:
LMA Manager of the Year sponsored by Everest – Antonio Conte – Chelsea
LMA Service to Football Award – Tony Collins
LMA Special Achievement Award sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK – Chris Wilder – Sheffield United
LMA Special Achievement Award Prostate Cancer UK – Danny Cowley – Lincoln City
Premier League Manager of the Year sponsored by Barclays – Antonio Conte – Chelsea
Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year – Chris Hughton – Brighton & Hove Albion
Sky Bet League One Manager of the Year – Chris Wilder – Sheffield United
Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Year – Paul Cook – Portsmouth