Allegri beats Mourinho to Golden Bench gong

MILAN - Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri was handed Italy's "Golden Bench" award on Monday after his peers voted him Serie A coach of the year ahead of Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho.

"I am happy for this recognition, I don't feel it was a duel with Mourinho. I'm not happy because I beat him but because great coaches have voted for me," Allegri, who guided his modest team to ninth last season, told a ceremony.

Outspoken Mourinho, who won the league in his first season at Inter last term, has repeatedly clashed with fellow Serie A coaches.