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15 May 2018

PEP GUARDIOLA WINS THE SIR ALEX FERGUSON TROPHY FOR THE LMA MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD, SPONSORED BY EVEREST

Pep Guardiola is this year’s recipient of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA Manager of the Year, sponsored by Everest.

The award, voted for by the full LMA membership, was presented to the Manchester City Manager at the 26th LMA Annual Awards Dinner by England Manager and LMA President Gareth Southgate and Everest CEO and Chairman Peter Mottershead.

On collecting his award Pep said: "I didn't come to England to change anything, just to enjoy my job and do my best, just like all the managers in the World, nothing more."

"Of course, the target to achieve 100 points in the Premier League was something massive. This season we were blessed for many reasons and this season, all of us who were there, will be remembered for the rest of our lives."

LMA Chairman, Howard Wilkinson, said: “Once again, we have seen an incredible number of achievements across the game and it was a pleasure to welcome our members and commercial partners to the Grosvenor House Hotel this evening, to recognise those managers who have excelled within their respective competitions this season.

“The Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA Manager of the Year, sponsored by Everest, was presented to a man who has reserved a special place in the record books this season and rightfully takes his place amongst the iconic previous winners of the award. Pep has lived up to his reputation as one of the greatest coaches in the game and has created a championship winning team in his own image. We also congratulate Pep on winning the Premier League Manager of the Year, sponsored by Barclays, in recognition of his achievements and we look forward to watching him and his side defend the Premier League title next season.”

“We congratulate John Coleman, Paul Hurst and Nuno Espirito Santo who were duly nominated as the Managers of the Year by their fellow managers in their respective Sky Bet EFL Leagues.

“It was also our privilege to welcome the inclusion of The FA Women’s Super League 1 and Women’s Super League 2 Manager of the Year awards at the LMA Annual Awards Dinner for the first time. Emma Hayes and Lee Burch are worthy winners of their peers’ votes following their tremendous seasons which will conclude this weekend.

“At the dinner, we also honoured the career of Sam Allardyce, who this season joined the LMA Hall of Fame and 1000 Club; an increasingly difficult feat in the modern era of football management.

“The LMA Board chose to recognise the extraordinary feats of Steve Cooper, Keith Downing, Paul Simpson with LMA Special Achievement awards, sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK, following their roles in leading their England youth teams to international tournament successes last summer. In addition, Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement award for securing his 8th career promotion with Cardiff City, setting a new record in the process. And finally, John Gregory earned an LMA Special Achievement Award after becoming the first Englishman to win the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “The LMA Annual Awards Dinner provides our association with the opportunity to reflect back on the season’s successes and commend those individuals who have stood out and achieved something special.

“The LMA wishes to congratulate all 12 managers who received the recognition of their peers this evening. The winners have committed countless hours of hard work, preparation and dedication to their profession, in order to improve the fortunes of their clubs, teams and players.”

The full list of LMA Annual Awards Winners 2017/18 is as follows:

LMA Manager of the Year sponsored by Everest - Pep Guardiola, Manchester City

Premier League Manager of the Year sponsored by Barclays - Pep Guardiola, Manchester City

Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year - Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Year - Paul Hurst, Shrewsbury Town

Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Year - John Coleman, Accrington Stanley

The FA Women’s Super League 1 Manager of the Year - Emma Hayes, Chelsea Ladies

The FA Women’s Super League 2 Manager of the Year - Lee Burch, Millwall Lionesses

LMA 1000 Club and Hall of Fame - Sam Allardyce

LMA Special Achievement Award sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK -
Steve Cooper, England Under 17s

LMA Special Achievement Award sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK -
Keith Downing, England Under 19s

LMA Special Achievement Award sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK -
Paul Simpson, England Under 20s

LMA Special Achievement Award sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK -
Neil Warnock, Cardiff City

LMA Special Achievement Award sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK -
John Gregory, Chennaiyin FC


NOTES TO EDITORS:

The LMA Manager of the Year Award sponsored by Everest is voted for by all LMA members and goes to the manager who, in their opinion, has made the greatest use of the resources available to them in the current season within any club in the top four leagues of English football or The FA Women's Super Leagues 1 and 2.

The Premier League Manager of the Year sponsored by Barclays is decided by the Barclays Panel of Judges.

The Sky Bet EFL Awards are voted by all the managers in their respective divisions who take into account which of their direct competitors has made the greatest use of the resources available to them in the current season.

The FA Women's Super League Awards are voted by all the managers in their respective divisions who take into account which of their direct competitors has made the greatest use of the resources available to them in the current season.

The LMA 1000 Club and Hall of Fame includes all competitive games managed within the top four tiers of English football, The FA Women's Super Leagues 1 and 2, overseas professional leagues and international competitions.

The LMA Special Achievement Award sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK is nominated by the LMA Board and is awarded for exceptional personal achievement during the current season.

NOTE TO PICTURE EDITORS:

Images from the evening available from Action Images.