Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola has been named manager of the year by the League Managers’ Association of England, it was announced on Monday.
Guardiola has led City to the Premier League title and the League Cup this season and this Saturday the Spanish side will look to be crowned Kings of Europe for the first time when they face English rivals Chelsea in the final of the Champions League in Porto.
Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola topped a poll where the other main contenders were Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds, Daniel Farke of Norwich, Chelsea’s female manager Emma Hayes, David Moyes of West Ham and Brendan Rodgers of Leicester.
“I am delighted to win the LMA Manager of the Year award for the second time,” said Guardiola.
“For me, it is such a special trophy to win because it is voted on by my fellow managers. An award like this is only possible if a manager is surrounded by high-level professionals.
“My players have been fantastic – their dedication and professionalism has never wavered, even in what has been the most difficult season we have ever faced,” added the 50-year-old, whose mother died during the match. coronavirus pandemic.
“And my staff also deserve the highest praise. I’m so lucky to have a team of people who give their all every day to make sure Manchester City are the best we can be. “
“This award is dedicated to them and shared with them. “
Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, multiple trophies, and now a member of the LMA committee, paid tribute to Guardiola by saying: “Aside from being a really talented manager and leader, you are always showing ‘admirable humility and calm and I am sure your family must be very proud of you. “
Guardiola’s award came just days after it was announced that city defender Ruben Dias had been voted Footballer of the Year by England’s Football Writers Association.
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