28 Nov 2019
PEP GUARDIOLA AND JÜRGEN KLOPP INDUCTED INTO THE LMA HALL OF FAME
The League Managers Association has inducted Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp into the LMA Hall of Fame, in recognition of their historic achievements in football management to date.
Both managers were honoured at a special League Managers Association Dinner this evening in Manchester.
To commemorate the occasion, England Manager and LMA President, Gareth Southgate OBE, and LMA Board and fellow LMA Hall of Fame Member, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, presented Pep and Jürgen each with a hand-crafted silver salver, commissioned by Thomas Lyte, appointed Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen.
Following his induction, Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola said: "It is an incredible honour to be a part of it, for the rest of my life and for generations, to be in this Hall of Fame in English football.
"I do not have any words to express my gratitude. To be part of this family."
Meanwhile, Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp said of his induction: "This is really special, to be a part of this incredible group of managers is big." He later added: "Tonight my family and coaches are here. I wanted them all to be here because it is very important in our family history."
Guests on the evening were treated to an insightful and enjoyable Q&A, with the two LMA Hall of Fame inductees sharing their insight on elite football management and how they have developed throughout their careers to underpin their status as two of the best football managers in world football.
On the career achievements of Pep and Jürgen, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "The LMA is honoured to welcome Pep and Jürgen into its esteemed Hall of Fame.
"Both individuals have demonstrated incredible drive, innovation and dedication to management and coaching. Since arriving in England, they have built two of the best teams in Premier League history and have done so with humility and honour.
"The LMA is proud to consider them valued members of the association and tonight we celebrate their success to date, and look forward to witnessing them continue delivering outstanding football in many years to come."
LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: "Tonight, the LMA honoured two of the greatest managers of this generation.
"Pep has achieved remarkable success with three of the world's biggest clubs. His incredible haul major domestic and continental titles across Europe, demonstrate how his coaching and leadership has combined tactical inspiration with his insatiable will to win, to enable the highest level of performance from his players and staff.
"Not only has Jürgen redefined man-management in the modern era, he has established a footballing identity which each of his teams has personified. Through hard-work and exceptional coaching, he has delivered performance levels and consistency rarely seen in European football.
"The LMA congratulates both managers on their achievements and looks forward to seeing them continue their pursuit of excellence with their respective clubs."