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27 Jul 2020

JÜRGEN KLOPP WINS THE SIR ALEX FERGUSON TROPHY FOR THE LMA MANAGER OF THE YEAR

The League Managers Association is delighted to announce that its members have voted Jürgen Klopp as this year’s recipient of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA Manager of the Year. The award, voted for by the full LMA membership, was exclusively revealed live on a special Sky Sports LMA Annual Awards programme this evening (Monday 27th July).

Additionally, newly promoted managers Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United), Mark Robins (Coventry City), David Artell (Crewe Alexandra), and Gemma Davies (Aston Villa) were announced as Manager of the Year in their respective divisions. Emma Hayes MBE (Chelsea) won the Barclays Women's Super League award, which was announced earlier in July.

On being presented with his trophy, Jürgen said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be named the winner of the League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award for this wonderful Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, named after a man that I admire so much. It feels extra special to win this award because it is voted for by my fellow managers.

“It’s an honour to be in the company of so many managers who have been named as LMA Manager of the Year before, including of course Liverpool managers like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Sir Kenny Dalglish and, in recent years, Brendan Rodgers.

“Everything we have accomplished at Liverpool this year couldn’t have been done without the superb input of my coaching staff; they make us a really special bunch of football brains. I love to work with my coaches, my players and everyone at LFC and, of course, I am thankful for the support from all our wonderful Liverpool fans.”

LMA Executive Committee member Sir Alex Ferguson CBE said: “Congratulations Jürgen! You have done an absolutely fantastic job. You thoroughly deserve to be named LMA Manager of the Year 2019/2020. Your personality runs right through the whole of your club and the performance level of you and your team has been outstanding.”

LMA Chairman, Howard Wilkinson, added: “We are delighted to be recognising Jürgen’s achievements at the end of this extraordinary season. The trophy has been presented to a man with an excellent track record who quite rightfully takes his place amongst the iconic previous award winners. Jürgen has lived up to his reputation as an exceptional coach in the game and has created an outstanding team to secure Liverpool’s first top-flight triumph for 30 years.

“We also congratulate David Artell, Mark Robins and Marcelo Bielsa who were duly recognised as the Managers of the Year by their fellow managers in their respective Sky Bet EFL Leagues, and we are delighted to recognise Emma Hayes and Gemma Davies, worthy winners in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and The FA Women’s Championship respectively.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Jürgen is respected globally as one of the very best football managers in the game and of course by those in English football, including his fellow LMA members who have voted for him to win this prestigious award.

“Jürgen’s warmth, authenticity and inclusive leadership style has endeared him to everyone in the English game since he arrived at Liverpool in 2015 and it is a great privilege for us to call him a valued member of the association.

“Tonight we applaud Jürgen and his fellow award winners across the leagues, for the outstanding accomplishments they have achieved this season. We wish to thank Sky Sports for their support of the awards and for the excellent live broadcast this evening. We also thank Barclays and Sky Bet for sponsoring this year's awards and our awards partners Premier League, Castrol, Nike, Prostate Cancer UK, Football Manager 20, and Thomas Lyte, who have supplied the beautifully crafted trophies for our managers."


The full list of LMA Annual Awards Winners 2019/20 is as follows:

The Sir Alex Ferguson trophy for the LMA Manager of the Year:
Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool)

Barclays FA Women's Super League Manager of the Year:
Emma Hayes MBE (Chelsea)

The FA Women's Championship Manager of the Year:
Gemma Davies (Aston Villa)

Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year:
Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United)

Sky Bet League One Manager of the Year:
Mark Robins (Coventry City)

Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Year:
David Artell (Crewe Alexandra)


Photo credit: Darcy McKellar