Chelsea's Antonio Conte named Manager of the Year at 2017 London Football Awards

Conte poses for photos with BBC commentator John Motson (right): Action Images via Reuters

Chelsea's Antonio Conte has been named Manager of the Year at the 2017 London Football Awards.

The Italian picks up the honour during his first season in England, seeing off competition from Premier League rival Mauricio Pochettino and lower-league candidates Slavisa Jokanovic of Fulham, Millwall's Neil Harris and AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley.

Conte looks on course to picking up the Premier League title after guiding his Chelsea side to the top of the league standings, currently sitting 10 points clear of nearest rival Tottenham ahead of the weekend games.

Chelsea began the season strongly under the three-time Serie A winner, winning their first three league games, but damaging losses at home to Liverpool and away at Arsenal in September saw Conte switch to his preferred 3-4-3 formation honed at Juventus.

The tactics change coincided with Chelsea going on a 13-game winning streak, the second longest in Premier League history, before losing to Tottenham in early January.

Chelsea and Conte could still add the FA Cup to the expected league crown, becoming the first team to claim the double since Carlo Ancelotti's first season at Stamford Bridge in 2009-10.

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