Trapattoni honoured with Manager of Year award
GIOVANNI Trapattoni has been named Philips Sports Manager of the Year for 2011.
The Republic of Ireland boss scooped the prestigious gong as a reward for steering his team to next summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
Trapattoni wasn't in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel to collect his award yesterday as he was in Poland inspecting the options for a base camp for the tournament.
However, goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly was present to collect the award on behalf of the 72-year-old.
"Giovanni is the kind of man who is always looking forward," said Kelly. "His attention to detail is incredible."
The former Ireland goalkeeper was happy with the draw for Euro 2012, believing that the unity created by Trapattoni will stand to Ireland in a major tournament stint.
This is the 10th year that a soccer boss has picked up the award.
Jack Charlton won it on four separate occasions -- 1987, '88, '89 and 1993 -- while Brian Kerr was a back-to-back winner in 1997 and '98. Mick McCarthy was the recipient in 2001, while Jim McLaughlin and Paul Doolin were honoured for domestic achievements in '85 and '07 respectively.
Trapattoni saw off strong competition for this year's award, including Leinster's Heineken Cup-winning head coach Joe Schmidt, Dublin's All-Ireland hero Pat Gilroy and Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill, who made history by taking the Hoops to the Europa League group stages and retaining their League of Ireland title.