Josep Guardiola was reportedly booed at the LMA Awards Ceremony. While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp got a great reception when his name was announced for the best manager award.
Reds’ gaffer Jurgen Klopp has won the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy as the Best Manager. The award comes after a great-yet unlucky season. Moreover, the Merseyside giants took the race down the wire. But lost the title by just one point. Even though this is Liverpool’s third 90+ season under Klopp. Still having won just 1 title of the 3 says a lot about luck and competition.
Reactions at the LMA End of the Year Awards Ceremony
Pep Guardiola’s name was given a cold reaction after the Manchester City manager’s name was read out as a nominee at the League Managers’ Association awards event.
Guardiola was not in attendance since he was celebrating his team’s Premier League title victory.
The Spaniard led City to their fourth Premier League victory in five years. As they pipped Liverpool to the top of the table after a stunning comeback victory over Aston Villa.
Guardiola’s nomination for the LMA award for the best manager in the Premier League was for his achievements. The Manager took his team all the away to steal the title from the Reds.
Still, Jurgen Klopp won the prize. As Klopp won both domestic cups with Liverpool this season and has a chance to win the Champions League on Saturday,
Attendees showed their discontent with Pep. As soon as Pep’s name came out, a sound of jeer came.
Sir Alex Ferguson presented Klopp with the trophy.
In his acceptance speech, the German gave an engaging narrative about each of his employees.
Guardiola was not in the ceremony. The reason could be he knew he is not going to win. Although a warm reception for Klopp might bolster Guardiola’s claim that “everyone supports Liverpool.”
The Spaniard said in May:
Everyone in this country supports Liverpool. The media and everyone. Of course, Liverpool has an incredible history in Europe. Not in the Premier League – they’ve won one in 30 years.
City won the Premier League title with a 93-point haul, winning 29 of their 38 games. Liverpool would have surpassed Guardiola’s team with their 3-1 success over Wolves on the last day. So the second-half comeback against Villa was essential.
Guardiola believes his players should be remembered as “legends”. He compares this team team to Fergie’s United and says:
In the last five years winning four Premier Leagues, these guys are legends already. I’m sorry, people have to admit it. This group of players is absolutely eternal in this club because what we achieve is so difficult to do. Just Sir Alex Ferguson with United has done it years ago two or three times, now I realized again the magnitude of Sir Alex Ferguson and his United.