Manchester City’s head coach has won a personal, that is, individual, award. Pep Guardiola is the England Coach of the Year.
The League Managers Association (LMA) have named Pep Guardiola as England Coach of the Year, as they announced on Monday.
He also received the award during the 2017/18 season.
Furthermore, Guardiola’s award has come just days after his City defender Ruben Dias became the best player this season.
England’s Football Writers Association voted for the defender to become Footballer of the Year.
Having just joined City last September, Dias’s success can partly be to Guardiola’s credit in recognizing his potential.
And now, as cherry on a cake, Guardiola is the England Coach of the Year, himself.
Guardiola won the award by topping an LMA poll, in which all of England’s managers vote a winner among themselves. The other leading contenders on the list were:
- Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds)
- Daniel Farke (Norwich)
- Emma Hayes (Chelsea Women’s team)
- David Moyes (West Ham)
- Brendan Rodgers (Leicester)
But Guardiola emerged victorious, and why not? The head coach steered Manchester City to the Premier League title, after finish second previously, and League Cup this season.
Moreover, this Saturday the Spaniard’s side will fight for the crown of kings of Europe, and also secure a treble.
For the first time, City are finalists for UEFA’s Champions League, thanks to Pep’s leadership that got them there.
They will face English rivals Chelsea in the Champions League final in Porto on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola accepted the award with a few joyous words.
“I am delighted to win the LMA manager of the year award for the second time,” Guardiola said.
“It is, for me, such a special trophy to win because it is voted for by my fellow managers,” he continued. “An award like this is only possible though if a manager is surrounded by top professionals.”
“My players have been fantastic — their dedication and professionalism never wavered, even in a season that has been the most challenging we have ever faced,” he added.
The 50-year-old, whose mother died during the coronavirus pandemic, may be referencing this challenge in his acceptance speech.
“And my staff are also deserving of the highest praise,” he said, in honour of his team at City. “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.”