The 51-year-old beat the likes of Manchester City's Pep Guardiola, Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Championship winners Norwich City manager Daniel Farke, after votes from the public were combined with that of a select panel of individuals.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been named the manager of the year at the League Managers’ Association awards— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 14, 2019
He was also named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year during the same award ceremony. The former Northampton Town manager becomes only the fifth coach to win the LMA award outside of the top flight, and the first since Eddie Howe (2015) to win both the Championship Manager of the Year award and the LMA award at the same time.
“To be voted for by your peers to get this award is just unbelievable and caps off an incredible season for me and everybody at Sheffield United,” Wilder said on stage after collecting the award from Sir Alex Ferguson and Gareth Southgate. “I would like to think we have struck a blow for recruitment, training ground, teaching and all the other stuff which goes on behind the scenes – there is no chequebook culture.”
“It just shows you this can happen, it is dreams, inspiration for everybody. There is a pathway through for all of us and hopefully it has shown the way for everybody else. If we can stay in the Premier League, that would be fantastic. It is an exciting and unbelievable experience we are going into.”