Who won what at the LMA Manager Awards?by Jack Kitson / 15 May 2019, 09:24Tweet
English football celebrated the majestic achievements of the mesmerising focal point of the beautiful game - The Manager - on Tuesday night as the LMA Manager awards were dished out in the capital.
Here are the winners…
LMA Manager of the Year = Chris Wilder
Chris Wilder scooped the top gong after leading Sheffield United back into the Premier League following a 12-year absence. The Blades boss became only the fifth manager outside of the Premier League to win the award, following in the footsteps of Eddie Howe, Steve Coppell, Danny Wilson, and Peter Reid.
It caps a remarkable four years for Wilder during which he’s won three promotions; the first of which was achieved at Northampton (League Two title, 2016), a year later his new Sheffield United side were crowned Champions of League One, then he steered his boyhood club up to the Promised Land at the second time of asking.
Premier League Manager of the Year = Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola beat off competition from Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, and Nuno Santo to be crowned the No. Premier League gaffer for the second successive season. The Spaniard became only the second manager - after Sir Alex Ferguson - to win the award back-to-back, and the fifth to triumph on multiple occasions.
Championship Manager of the Year = Chris Wilder
Prior to picking up the LMA Manager of the Year, Wilder was on stage clutching hold of the Championship edition.
“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,” revealed a jubilant Wilder, a lifelong Blade.
In just his second season managing in the second-tier Wilder fended off the challenge from Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds to win automatic promotion, meaning he can now look forward to duels with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Mauricio Pochettino.
For only the fifth time ever the LMA Manager of the Year has been awarded to a gaffer outside of the Premier League.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 14, 2019
2019 - Chris Wilder
2015 - Eddie Howe
2006 - Steve Coppell
1997 - Danny Wilson
1996 - Peter Reid#TwitterBlades pic.twitter.com/0IjYbImCIF
League One Manager of the Year = Mick Harford
An incredible four months for Mick Harford. The Luton legend rather reluctantly stepped into the hot seat in January after Nathan Jones was lured over to Stoke.
The Hatters, promoted under Jones the previous season, were second in League One at the time - five points behind Portsmouth - and while there were inevitably concerns that Jones’ departure would disrupt the club’s promotion push, under Harford they hit new heights, losing only two of their remaining two matches before lifting the title on the final day.
Luton have since appointed Graeme Jones as their new permanent manager, who will be looking to build on the work of both Jones and Harford.
League Two Manager of the Year = Danny Cowley
Danny Cowley. What a man. The affable Lincoln boss continues to thrive in management, leading the Imps to two promotions in three seasons, the latest of which was achieved in mid-April. Cowley’s troops lifted the title a week later and will now play in the third-tier of English football for the first time this millennium.
Women's Super League = Joe Montemurro
Arsenal gaffer Joe Montemurro was awarded the Women's Super League accolade after he led the Gunners to the title in his first full-season, their first league gong since 2012.
Women's Championship = Karen Hills
Tottenham ladies, on a shoestring budget, secured a stunning promotion up to the top-flight, an achievement which saw their boss Karen Hills scoop the Women's Championship manager award.