Chris Wilder beats Pep Guardiola to LMA Manager of the Year award

Chris Wilder beat Pep Guardiola to the LMA Manager of the Year award after leading Sheffield United to Premier League promotion.

The 51-year-old has achieved two promotions in three years since joining his boyhood club in 2016 and finished second in this season’s Sky Bet Championship.

Wilder saw off Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Nuno Espirito Santo and Daniel Farke to win the top prize.

He also received the LMA Championship award.

Guardiola was named Premier League Manager of the Year after guiding Manchester City to a successful Premier League title defence.

Speaking at the awards dinner, Guardiola said: “I want to share this, of course, with my players, because they are the artists of everything, and to my staff because we fought a lot.

“Also, for all the managers in the Premier League, especially Jurgen Klopp – he was an incredible contender to face until the end.

“It was a pleasure to play against all of them.”

The League One award went to Luton’s Mick Harford, who stepped down from his caretaker role at the end of the season with Graeme Jones now set to take charge.

Danny Cowley collected the League Two award after Lincoln claimed the title with 85 points.

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