Pep Guardiola of Manchester City was elected manager of the year by the League Managers’ Association of England on Monday. Read more about Manchester City Boss Guardiola here.
Pep Guardiola led City to the Premier League title and League Cup this season, and the Spaniard’s side will play Chelsea in the Champions League final in Porto on Saturday in the hopes of becoming European champions for the first time.
Guardiola, the former Barcelona, and Bayern Munich boss beat out Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa, Norwich’s Daniel Farke, Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes, West Ham’s David Moyes, and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers in a poll.
Manchester City Boss On Receiving The Award
Pep Guardiola said, “I am honored to receive the LMA manager of the year award for the second time. Since it is voted for by my fellow managers, it is such a rare trophy for me to receive. However, a manager can only win an award like this whether he or she is surrounded by top professionals. My players have been amazing — their loyalty and integrity have never wavered, even in the most difficult season we’ve ever seen. My team, too, is worthy of the highest accolades. I feel very fortunate to work with a group of individuals who give all they have every day to ensure Manchester City is the best it can be. They are the recipients of this honor. It is devoted to them and shared with them,” said the 50-year-old, whose mother died during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As well as being a genuinely talented manager and leader, you still show impressive modesty and patience. I am sure your family must be very proud of you,” Alex Ferguson, the several trophy-winning former managers of Manchester United and now an LMA committee member said.
Guardiola received his award just days after City defender Ruben Dias was named footballer of the year. The defender was elected by the Football Writers Association of England.