Chris Hughton named LMA Championship Manager of the Year

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has had his exploits recognised by the League Managers Association (LMA), who named the Irish coach their Championship Manager of the Year.

Hughton secured promotion to the Premier League by finishing second in the Championship after a gruelling battle with Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle, who narrowly pipped the Seagulls to first place.

The former Norwich City and Newcastle manager masterminded 28 league wins in 2016-17, accumulating a total of 93 points in their campaign for promotion.

Former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook was also acknowledge by the LMA, winning the League Two Manager of the Year award after guiding Portsmouth to the League Two title and promotion to League One.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was crowned Premier League Manager of the Year by the LMA after winning the title in his first season at the helm of the Stamford Bridge club.

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