Jose Mourinho has been named Barclays Manager of the Year for a third time, despite not winning a single Manager of the Month honour during the season.
Mourinho's accolade completes a double for Chelsea, with winger Eden Hazard winning the Barclays Player of the Season award.
While the Portuguese manager is very happy for the recognition, he maintains that the club’s success is more important than his own.
Speaking to Sky Sports after receiving the award, Mourinho said: “It is, as you like to say in England, the icing on the cake, but the cake is more important than the icing.
“The cake is the Premier League, the cake is the objective of the manager, of the technical staff, of the squad, of the club, of the millions of supporters, and I work for the cake, I don’t work for this.
If, at the top of the cake, I am the manager of the season then obviously I am very happy with that.”
Hazard has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 14 goals and assisting with eight to drive his team to their first Premier League title in five years.
The Belgian was selected from a shortlist of eight that included Chelsea teammates John Terry, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic; Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea; Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero; Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez.
The Barclays Panel – a group of former players, journalists and key football shareholders, deemed Mourinho more worthy of the award than Ronald Koeman, Garry Monk, Nigel Pearson and Arsene Wenger.
The Stamford Bridge club secured the Premier League trophy on May 3, without any real challenge from a rival. In doing so, they set a new record for days spent at the top of the table, 274. The title is Mourinho’s third in two spells as Blues boss.
He is not lingering on this season’s triumph for long, though. “The problem in football is that you are eating one cake and you are still thinking about the next one,” Mourinho continued.
“So I enjoy this cake very, very much, I have missed it for a while because the last one was 2005/06. But to go back to England and win it again is a fantastic feeling.”
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