Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has been voted Serie A Coach of the Year, beating Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and and Sassuolo’s Eusebio Di Francesco.
The award, known as the Panchina d’oro which translates as “golden bench,” recognises the best coach of the previous season, as voted for by their peers.
Sarri, 58, received 25 of 61 votes, three more than Allegri, who won the award last year. Di Francesco received seven votes.
It was a second Panchina d’oro award for Sarri, who won the Serie B prize for the 2013-14 season after guiding Empoli to second place and promotion.
“Usually, getting an award doesn’t give me particular satisfaction — I often consider it as time taken away from my work,” Sarri said.
“But this gives me enthusiasm and happiness, and I think that’s because it was a decision made by my colleagues.”
Sarri is the first Napoli coach to win the prize and breaks a four-year winning streak for Juventus, with Allegri’s victory last year following three straight wins for Antonio Conte.
Napoli finished second behind Juventus last season, Sarri’s first year in charge of his hometown club.
There was also an award for former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who guided the club to the Premier League title last year but was fired nine months later with his team close to the relegation zone.