...A delighted Declan Kidney poses with his 2006 Philips Sports Manager of the Year award...
Munstercoach Declan Kidney has had a personal boost in the run-up to hisside's Heineken Cup clash with Cardiff, with the announcement that heis the Philips Sports Manager of the Year for 2006.
Kidneywas the easy choice after he guided Munster to their first Heineken Cuptitle on an emotional day in the Millennium Stadium last May. TheCorkman had already picked up the monthly awards for both April and Mayfor Munster's exciting progression through the tournament.
He is following in the footsteps of his former Ireland management colleague Eddie O'Sullivan, who picked up the Philips-sponsored prize for Manager of the Year in 2004.
...JohnO'Donoghue T.D., the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, and CelO'Reilly, the Managing Director of Philips Ireland, present DeclanKidney with his award...
Accepting his award, Kidney said: "I feel like a fraud really. I wouldlike to accept this on behalf of the players and the people I workwith. Brian O'Brien, theformer Irish manager, once said you are only as successful as thepeople around you want you to be. So the players deserve the credit forthis."
Thursday's awards ceremony in Dublin's Berkley Court Hotel marked the25th anniversary of the Philips awards, with many of the former winnersin attendance.