Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola named LMA Manager of the Year

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been named as the LMA Manager of the Year.

The Blues boss led City to their third Premier League title of his reign this season, while also winning the fourth consecutive Carabao Cup of his tenure in April, but his side’s remarkable campaign could get even better in the Champions League final on Saturday.

This is the second time Guardiola has won LMA Manager of the Year – the award is voted on by fellow managers – since his appointment in Manchester, having previously done so at the end of City’s record-breaking 2017/18 Centurion season.

“I am delighted to win this award for the second time, but an award like this is only possible if a manager is surrounded by top professionals,” Guardiola said.

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

“And my staff are also deserving of the highest praise. I am so lucky to have a team of people who give everything they have every single day to make sure Manchester City are the best we can be. This award is dedicated to and shared with them.”

Director of Football at the Etihad Txiki Begiristain also paid tribute to Guardiola winning the personal award.

“Pep deserves this award, absolutely. To win the Premier League and Carabao Cup, as well as reach the final Champions League final, in themost trying season we’ve ever seen, says everything about his quality as a manager,” Begiristain said.

“He has shown an outstanding ability to constantly innovate. With the challenges presented by COVID-19, he’s had to adapt to a new way of working. He’s done it brilliantly and our results say everything you need to know.”