Pep Guardiola Win LMA Manager of the Year.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named the LMA manager of the year after an outstanding campaign saw him win the league crown for a 3rd time.
The 50-year-old – who received the Etihad in 2016 from Bayern Munich – reclaimed the Premier League title with City, won the League Cup for a fourth time and faces Chelsea within the Champions League final on Saturday.
The five other managers who received the foremost votes were Marcelo Bielsa, Daniel Farke, Emma Hayes, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers.
Guardiola said: ‘I am delighted to win the LMA manager of the year award for the second time.
‘It is, for me, such a special trophy to win because it’s voted for by my fellow managers. a gift like this is often only possible though if a manager is surrounded by top professionals.
‘My players are fantastic – their dedication and professionalism never wavered, even during a season that has been the foremost challenging we’ve ever faced.
‘And my staff also are deserving of the very best praise. i’m so lucky to possess a team of individuals who give everything they need every single day to form sure Manchester City are the simplest we will be.
‘This award is devoted to and shared with them.’
Guardiola won a 3rd Premier League crown with City after they finished 12 points before Manchester United.
Norwich manager Farke, Hull boss Grant McCann and Cheltenham chief Michael Duff won the awards for his or her respective divisions.
Chelsea’s Hayes won the Barclays FA Women’s Super League manager of the year while Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was presented with the LMA special achievement award after going unbeaten to win the Scottish Premiership.
LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: ‘Many congratulations to Pep on winning his second LMA manager of the year award, following a season which epitomises his career so far .
‘He never gives up, he’s humble in victory and defeat and he’s always respectful of his opponents, who successively have shown him the last word respect in voting for him to win this award.’
Sir Alex Ferguson, an LMA member , also praised Guardiola: ‘As well as being a very gifted manager and leader, you usually display admirable humility and composure and that i am sure your family must be very pleased with you.’
The former Barcelona boss has transformed City into a real force during his five years within the Premier League – winning 10 trophies and guiding them to the brink of European glory.
He was ready to get his hands on yet one more Premier League title on Sunday after his side thrashed Everton 5-0, and through the celebrations he said this particular triumph felt more special due to the issues the pandemic had posed.
‘We are lucky to possess people here once we lift the trophy – it’s not a full stadium but there’s enough noise for us to enjoy it with them,’ he said.
‘It feels completely different, it’s far better . Every title is good . This one is different due to the pandemic and therefore the problems that each one among us have had. that is what makes it special.’