COVERCIANO (FLORENCE) - F.C. Internazionale is delighted and extremely proud that the 2009/10 Panchina d'Oro (Coach of the Year) award has gone to Josè Mourinho. The FIGC (Italian F.A.) prize, which was instituted in the 1990/91 season, was awarded this morning to the Portuguese coach, who won five trophies in two seasons while in charge of the Nerazzurri: 2 league championships, 1 Coppa Italia, 1 Italian Super Cup and 1 UEFA Champions League.
Mourinho is the second foreign coach to win the award after Raymond Goethals (Olympique Marseilles), who won the first Panchina d'Oro in 1991 when it was an international accolade.
Inter are now second in the list of clubs with most winning coaches (3), after Luigi Simoni (1997/98) and Roberto Mancini (2007/08). Like Mancini, Mourinho received the award after concluding his experience as Inter coach.
The Figc also awarded a special prize to Alberto Zaccheroni - another ex-Inter coach - for his success in the Asian Cup with Japan.
Congratulations to Josè Mourinho on behalf of everyone at Inter and all the Inter fans.