Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool has been crowned the Barclays Premier League manager of the season. While he also won the Sir Alex Ferguson trophy for LMA manager of the year.
Liverpool pushed Premier League winners Manchester City to the wire, finishing second by a single position, as they drew near to capturing the Quadruple than any other English team in history.
While receiving his trophy, Klopp reflected on the Premier League season’s conclusion, saying, “It is a fantastic honor and it was an insane season.” The last matchday, when just two games were meaningless and the rest of us competed for it all.
“That was a little nerve-racking, and it wasn’t the ideal ending for us, but we’re already over it.” And winning a medal like this means you’re either a genius or have the finest coaching team in the world – I’m here with four of my coaching staff, and they know how much I respect them.”
Klopp also received the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy, which is chosen by the whole membership of managers from all levels. “This is anguish, pure agony…Jurgen Klopp,” Sir Alex cried as he declared the winner.
“This being voted for by my colleagues is undoubtedly the most significant trophy you can win,” Liverpool boss Klopp remarked.
“I don’t care about individual awards in football in general; it’s a group effort, and I’d be worthless without these guys. It ultimately comes down to what we can and have done together.”
Klopp’s men can still complete a cup triple if they defeat Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday and add the Champions League to their FA Cup and League Cup victories this season.
Liverpool Women’s manager Matt Beard earned the FA Women’s Championship Manager of the Year award following winning a title. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has been named the Barclays FA Women’s Super League manager of the year.
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