Norwich City boss Lambert crowned League One manager of the year

Paddy DavittNorwich City's title-winning boss Paul Lambert was last night crowned League One manager-of-the-year. Lambert was honoured by his contemporaries at the League Managers' Association (LMA) annual awards held in London for guiding the Canaries back into the Championship in his first season at Carrow Road.Paddy Davitt

Norwich City's title-winning boss Paul Lambert was last night crowned League One manager-of-the-year.

Lambert was honoured by his contemporaries at the League Managers' Association (LMA) annual awards held in London for guiding the Canaries back into the Championship in his first season at Carrow Road.

Norwich won the title by nine points with the 40-year-old Scot losing only nine matches out of the 50 he has taken charge in all competitions since succeeding Bryan Gunn in August. Fulham's Roy Hodgson was named LMA manager-of-the-year on the eve of the Cottagers' Europa League final against Atletico Madrid tomorrow in Hamburg.

Tottenham chief Harry Redknapp followed up his Premier League manager-of-the-year award by claiming the LMA's prize with Newcastle's Chris Hughton (Championship) and Rochdale's Keith Hill (League Two) scooping the other divisional titles. England boss and LMA president Fabio Capello was on hand to present the awards along with chairman Howard Wilkinson.

'It's a celebration of this season's managerial achievements throughout all four leagues at the highest level,' said Richard Bevan, LMA chief executive. '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. The manager remains the most important man at a football club and to succeed in this profession requires extreme dedication and commitment.

'Roy received an overwhelming number of votes from the members and has won the LMA manager-of-the-year 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. He freely gives up his time to help other coaches and managers develop and hone their skills and talents, regularly contributing to the LMA's educational programmes. On behalf of the LMA, I wish Roy and the Fulham players the very best for this week's Europa League Cup Final in Hamburg. It will be a tremendous feat if they bring back the cup. I would also like to say a special thank you to all the members who have contributed to yet another fantastic season.'

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