Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola edged out Jurgen Klopp to win the coveted ‘Manager of the Year’ trophy for the second time as Manchester City completed a historic Premier League on Sunday. The Catalan claimed the League Managers’ Association manager of the year. Guardiola’s City retained the Premier League title, beating Klopp’s Liverpool by a single point at the end of a thrilling title race.
Having also won the League Cup earlier in the campaign, Guardiola’s side could complete a first-ever domestic treble in English football when they face Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. The Spaniard also became only the third manager in Premier League history to defend the title, following Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson.
City beat Brighton on Sunday to secure the title ahead of rivals Liverpool by just one point after what had been one of the most closely-fought contests of recent seasons.
Guardiola topped the vote ahead of Jurgen Klopp, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has led Spurs to their first ever Champions League final, and Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves, who finished seventh in their first season back in the top flight.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been named League Managers Association Manager of the Year, beating Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp to the honour.
Wilder, though, was chosen as the recipient of the LMA Sir Alex Ferguson trophy, an accolade voted for by managers across all the divisions.
Following confirmation of winning the LMA Premier League award for the second year running, Guardiola had earlier given a brief message by video, in which the Spaniard paid tribute to the efforts of his players and backroom staff.
“I want to share it with my players because they are the artists of everything, to my staff because we fought a lot (against) all the managers in the Premier League, especially Jurgen Klopp, an incredible contender to face till the end,” the City manager said.
“It was a pleasure to play against all of them and hopefully next season we can see each other and do big, big battles again to win an incredible Premier League title.”