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Juventus coach Conte wins second Golden Bench

Published: Monday 3 March 2014, 14.15CET
"I want to dedicate this award to my family, my staff, my players and my club," said Juventus boss Antonio Conte after being named by his peers as the top coach in Serie A.
Juventus coach Conte wins second Golden Bench
Antonio Conte celebrates after his Juventus side's victory against Milan on Sunday ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Monday 3 March 2014, 14.15CET

Juventus coach Conte wins second Golden Bench

"I want to dedicate this award to my family, my staff, my players and my club," said Juventus boss Antonio Conte after being named by his peers as the top coach in Serie A.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has won Italy's Panchina d'Oro (Golden Bench) award for the second season running.

Conte has been voted as Italy's top trainer by his peers, with ACF Fiorentina's Vincenzo Montella and Walter Mazzarri of SSC Napoli second and third respectively. "I want to thank everybody," said Conte after receiving the accolade on Monday morning. "I have won for two seasons in a row but this doesn't make me feel complacent – this makes me feel even hungrier. I want to dedicate this award to my family, my staff, my players and my club.

"Sometimes it's easier to win a title than to be appreciated by your peers, and the fact that I am receiving this award for the second year in a row makes me feel extremely proud and makes me want to work even harder," the 44-year-old added. "It's been a wonderful season. I will share this prize with my staff and my players."

Conte won the Silver Bench as best coach in Serie B when in charge of AS Bari in 2008/09, and received his first Golden Bench after leading the Bianconeri to their maiden top-flight title in nine years. They defended their crown last term and look well set to make it a hat-trick this year; they are 11 points clear at the summit having played a game more than nearest challengers AS Roma.

Eusebio Di Francesco, who led US Sassuolo Calcio to promotion to Serie A last season, won the Silver Bench. The annual vote is carried out under the auspices of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) in Coverciano.

Last updated: 03/03/14 21.58CET

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