Alan Pardew | LMA manager of the year

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been named LMA Manager of the Year, after guiding his side to fifth place in the Premier League this season.

Pardew, who joined the Toon in December 2010, scooped the prestigious award just days after his crowning as Barclays Manager of the Season on Friday, and describes it as the 'highlight of my managerial career so far'.

"It is an incredible honour to be named Manager of The Year by the League Managers Association," he said. "Coming from my fellow managers, this really is as good as it gets."

The Magpies, who weren't expected to snatch a top-five slot this season, won 19 of their 38 Premier League games with 15 clean sheets, so there's no surprise that Pardew was congratulated for his achievements.

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "Alan Pardew's achievements at Newcastle this season are there for all to see, and it is just reward that he should be named as LMA Manager of the Year.

"I'm often asked, 'where are all the English coaches?' My answer is, 'we have plenty of them, they just need an opportunity'. I am delighted for Alan that he has taken his opportunity."

However, the former West Ham and Charlton boss wasn't the only Premier League manager to pick up an award at the ceremony on Monday.

Chelsea boss, Roberto Di Matteo was handed the FA Cup Manager of the Year award, which came as no surprise after their Wembley win in the final of the competition at the beginning of May.

Even after receiving this award, Chelsea's temporary manager is still uncertain about his future at the club. Roman Abramovich is in charge of making that vital decision, which may depend on their performance in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on Saturday.

The Championship Manager of the Year award was won by Reading boss, Brian McDermott, who took Reading to the top of the league after missing out in the play-offs last season against Swansea.

"Of course this is my best moment in football," McDermott said. "We've been promoted and I can celebrate for the next two months.

"I'm happy, we've done a good job this year. The fans are going to have a good summer and that's what it's all about. I had a miserable summer last year."

League One Manager of the Year went to Chris Powell who successfully guided his Charlton side to automatic promotion, finishing top of the table and eight points clear of second place Sheffield Wednesday.

Powell aims to re-establish the Addicks in the second tier next season, but isn't getting too carried away.

"Many of our players here can play in the Championship - no doubt," he said. "I think I have a squad that can compete but there are some areas I will look at and there will be players that will come in and help us grow, [but] I don't want to stand still."

Paulo Di Canio, manager of Swindon Town since being appointed in May last year, was also congratulated on his performance this season, winning the League Two Manager of the Year award.

The Robins won League Two by five points ahead of Shrewsbury, and are determined not to have a repeat of last season's relegation on their return to League One next year.

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