The English Football Writers’ Association has named Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, as the winner of its Manager of the Year award for 2019-2020 season.
Klopp is this year’s recipient of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA Manager of the Year after emerging top in the vote by the full LMA membership.
On being presented with his trophy at a ceremony on Monday, Klopp 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.”
Ferguson, an LMA Executive Committee and former Manchester United manager, who the award was named after, 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.
“The performance level of your team was outstanding. Your personality runs right through the whole club.
“I’ll forgive you for ringing me at half-past three in the morning to tell me you had won the league – thank you!”
Additionally, Leeds United boss, Marcelo Bielsa, won the Championship award after guiding his side to the title and promotion to the Premier League, and Emma Hayes MBE (Chelsea) won the Barclays Women’s Super League award, which was announced earlier in July.
Also, newly promoted managers Mark Robins (Coventry City), David Artell (Crewe Alexandra) and Gemma Davies (Aston Villa Ladies) were announced as Manager of the Year in their respective divisions.
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.”