Pep Guardiola has won the Premier League Manager of the Season award for a second successive year after winning back-to-back titles at Manchester City.
In only three seasons of English football, Guardiola has won the Premier League twice in record-breaking fashion. He also ensured City became the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain their crown.
The Citizens incredibly matched last season’s tally of 32 victories in 38 games. They also finished on 98 points, which is just two shy of the record 100 they managed in the previous campaign.
Although Liverpool kept City and Guardiola on their toes throughout the entire season and ended up just a point behind after taking the title race right down to the final day.
At the League Managers Association awards on Tuesday, however, Guardiola was named manager of the year despite the stiff competition he faced.
The Catalan coach, who wasn’t present during the award ceremony, instead addressed the crowd through a video message.
“It’s an honour to receive this award,” said Guardiola on the Premier League website.
“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 [until] the end.
“It was a pleasure to play against all of them and hopefully [we will] do big, big battles again to win an incredible title.”
The Premier League Manager of the Season prize was decided on public votes combined with those of a panel of experts.
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo were the other candidates.
Chris Wilder wins the LMA Manager of the Year
Despite his great success, though, Guardiola was overlooked for the LMA Manager of the Year trophy in favour of Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder.
The 51-year-old led Sheffield to a second-place finish in the Championship and an automatic promotion spot this season.
Wilder becomes the fifth coach to win the LMA Manager of the Year from outside the Premier League. The last man to do so was Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe in 2015.
“To be voted for by your peers to get this award is just unbelievable and caps off an incredible season for me and everybody at Sheffield United,” Wilder said.
“I would like to think we have struck a blow for recruitment, training ground, teaching and all the other stuff which goes on behind the scenes – there is no chequebook culture.
“It just shows you this can happen, it is dreams, an inspiration for everybody. There is a pathway through for all of us and, hopefully, it has shown the way for everybody else.
“If we can stay in the Premier League, that would be fantastic. It is an exciting and unbelievable experience we are going into.”