Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been named the League Managers Association (LMA) manager of the year, BBC reports.

Rodgers steered Liverpool into an unexpected second place in the English Premier League, pushing for the title all the way till the last day of the season – two points behind winners Manchester City.

And the Red boss was a bit disappointed he was unable to guide Liverpool to their first league win in 24 years.

“I was hoping I’d be on the open top bus tonight,” said Rodgers.

The 41-year-old is the first Liverpool boss to win this accolade in its 20-year history.

The Reds were strong contenders for most of the season, even steering five points clear by the end of April.

However they succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, which meant gave Man City the upper hand in the title-race.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Tony Pullus was named the Premier League manager of the year, as he led the Eagles to 11th place.

Palace were six points adrift from safety when he took charge back in November, but a remarkable run of form put the safely in mid-table.

 

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