Manchester City: Pep Guardiola named LMA Manager of the Year

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Pep Guardiola is named LMA Manager of the Year after leading Man City to their fifth Premier League title while beating Marcelo Bielsa, Daniel Farke, Emma Hayes, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers with a prestigious award.

  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named LMA Manager of the Year
  • The Spaniard beat the competition from both Marcelo Bielsa and David Moyes
  • He dedicated the award to his players and staff after a ‘challenging’ campaign

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named LMA Manager of the Year after winning the league title for the third time during an outstanding campaign.

The 50-year-old – who arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Bayern Munich in 2016 – claimed the Premier League title with City, won the League Cup for the fourth time and will meet Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday.

The five other managers who received the most votes were Marcelo Bielsa, Daniel Farke, Emma Hayes, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has been named LMA Manager of the Year after a fantastic season

Man City boss Pep Guardiola has been named LMA Manager of the Year after a fantastic season

Guardiola said: “I am delighted to win the LMA Manager of the Year award for the second time.

‘It is such a special trophy for me to win because my fellow managers vote for it. However, such an award is only possible if a manager is surrounded by top professionals.

My players have been fantastic – their dedication and professionalism have never wavered, even in a season that has been the most challenging we have ever seen.

‘And my staff also deserves all the praise. I am so lucky to have a team of people who give everything they have every day to make sure Manchester City is the best we can be.

The Spaniard dedicated the award to his staff and players after a 'challenging' campaign

The Spaniard dedicated the award to his staff and players after a 'challenging' campaign

The Spaniard dedicated the award to his staff and players after a ‘challenging’ campaign

Guardiola also won the Carabao Cup and could win the Champions League next week

Guardiola also won the Carabao Cup and could win the Champions League next week

Guardiola also won the Carabao Cup and could win the Champions League next week

Guardiola defeated the competition from Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers

Guardiola defeated the competition from Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers

Guardiola defeated the competition from Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard received the LMA's special performance award

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard received the LMA's special performance award

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard received the LMA’s special performance award

“This award is dedicated to and shared with them.”

Guardiola won a third Premier League crown with City after they were 12 points ahead of Manchester United.

Norwich manager Farke, Hull boss Grant McCann and Cheltenham’s Michael Duff took the awards for their respective divisions.

Chelsea’s Hayes won the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Year, while Rangers boss Steven Gerrard received 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 after a season that epitomizes his career to date.

“He never gives up, he is humble in victory and defeat and he is always respectful of his opponents, who in turn have shown him ultimate respect by voting for him to win this prize.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, a member of the LMA committee, also praised Guardiola: “Not only are you a truly gifted manager and leader, you always show admirable humility and calmness and I am sure your family should be very proud of you.” ‘

Chelsea Women's boss Emma Haynes took home the Women's Super League manager's gong

Chelsea Women's boss Emma Haynes took home the Women's Super League manager's gong

Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Haynes took home the Women’s Super League manager’s gong

Guardiola said winning the title was special after the difficulties of the pandemic

Guardiola said winning the title was special after the difficulties of the pandemic

Guardiola said winning the title was special after the difficulties of the pandemic

The former Barcelona boss has turned City into a real force during his five years in the Premier League – he won 10 trophies and led them to the brink of European glory.

He was able to reclaim a Premier League title on Sunday after his side beat Everton 5-0, and during the celebrations he said that this particular win felt more special due to the troubles that the Covid-19 pandemic had caused.

“We’re lucky there are people when we lift the trophy – it’s not a full stadium, but there’s enough noise to enjoy it with them,” he said.

‘It feels very different, it is much better. Every title is fun. This one is different because of the pandemic and the problems we’ve all had. That’s what makes it special. ‘

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