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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson named LMA Manager of the Year

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has been named the LMA Manager of the Year, ahead of his side's Europa League final against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

The Cottagers boss missed out on the Premier League Manager of the Year award, with Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp picking up the accolade last week.

However, after guiding his Fulham side to a respectable 12th place finish in the league, as well as a Europa League final on Wednesday, Hodgson has been rewarded by the League Managers' Association.

It will be the club's first ever European final when they face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening in Hamburg, after beating a host of top European clubs along the way.

Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma were all knocked out by the West London Club, as Hodgson's side exceeded expectations, making it one of the most memorable seasons in the clubs history.

After joining the Cottagers in December 2007, Hodgson has taken the club from relegation candidates to possible Europa League winners, and LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson believes he is a worthy winner of the award.

Wilkinson said:"Since joining Fulham, Roy has transformed the club's fortunes," reports Press Association Sports.

"He initially saved them from the brink of relegation then took them to their highest ever league position last season. This year he has capitalised on that platform, achieving remarkable success in this season's Europa League.

"He is highly respected by the LMA members and also on an international level where he has worked his miracles in no fewer than seven countries.

"He is a great role model for all aspiring managers and coaches and is fully deserving of this recognition."

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed said he was "delighted'' by the decision to give the award to Hodgson.
 
"This award shows that occasionally football makes the right decision, and Roy is it," he told Associated Press.

He added: "Now all he has to do is win the Europa League competition.''

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