Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been named League Managers Association Manager of the Year, beating Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola to the award.
Wilder guided the Blades back to the Premier League after a 12-year absence and just two years since gaining promotion from League One.
The 51-year-old becomes only the fifth coach outside of England’s top flight to win the main award, named the LMA Sir Alex Ferguson trophy, and first since Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe in 2015.
“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 after being handed the award by Ferguson.
“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 cheque book culture.”
He added: “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.”
On the challenges ahead, Wilder said: “If we can stay in the Premier League, that would be fantastic. It is an exciting and unbelievable experience we are going into.”
Guardiola, who won the title by a single point ahead of fellow nominee Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and can complete a domestic treble in the FA Cup on Saturday, won the Premier League prize.
The LMA League One Manager of the Year award went to Luton’s Mick Harford, who stepped down from his caretaker role at the end of the season, with Graeme Jones set to take charge.
Danny Cowley collected the League Two award after Lincoln claimed the title with 85 points.
Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro was named the FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Year, while Karen Hills of Tottenham received the FA Women’s Championship award.
Outgoing Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore was given the LMA’s Special Recognition Award, having recently stood down following 19 years in the role.