Sir Alex Ferguson picks up Manager of the Year award

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been crowned the LMA Manager of the Year after leading Manchester United to a 20th league title.

Ferguson, who announced his retirement from the game after 26 years at Old Trafford picked up the award for a record-breaking fourth time.

The Scot picked up 38 trophies and in the weeks since his retirement has been subject of mass praise.

Having been presented with the award by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, Ferguson said: "In a way I am glad it's all over now because it has been hard work.

"It has been overwhelming. The club has been fantastic and congratulations to West Brom with the way they handled yesterday (Sunday)."

Picking up the award just a day after his 1,500th and final game in charge of United ended in a 5-5 draw against West Brom, Ferguson joked: "I think (West Brom manager) Steve Clarke should get an award because anyone who scores five against United deserves it."

While Ferguson may be glad the fanfare is over, there was still time for yet more praise to be sent his way.

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "Finding words to adequately describe the monumental levels of achievement and the indelible legacy Sir Alex Ferguson leaves in the game is night on impossible.

"This evening's award adds yet another record to that list, making him the only person to secure the much-coveted LMA Manager of the Year Award for a fourth time."

There were also divisional awards for Malky Mackay, Gary Johnson and Martin Allen who earned promotion with Cardiff City, Yeovil Town and Gillingham respectively.

Roberto Martinez was rewarded for his FA Cup success with Wigan while Phil Parkinson received a Merit Award for Bradford's exploits in the Capital One Cup and Roberto Di Matteo picked up a similar award for last season's Champions League success with Chelsea.

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