The League Managers Association (LMA) has commissioned the bespoke production of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy to mark the 50th Manager of the Year Award. The trophy has been designed and crafted by a team of expert silversmiths at Thomas Lyte, one of London’s finest designers and makers of exquisite sporting trophies.
Operating one of the country’s largest workshops Thomas Lyte are appointed Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen.
Sir Alex Ferguson is joined by Howard Wilkinson and Alan Curbishley, both previous Managers of the Year, at Thomas Lyte’s workshops to see the new trophy during its manufacture.
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The award is the most prestigious in a manager’s career, acknowledging their exceptional achievements during the season, and the highlight of the LMA Annual Awards ceremony. The winner is voted for by all LMA members and is won by the manager who has made the greatest use of the resources available in the current campaign. The manager can be from a Premier League, Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League 1 or League 2 club.
One element is common to many of the world’s most prestigious trophies; they are frequently named after a highly distinguished figure whose name is synonymous with the competition for which it is awarded.
In the ranks of its committed membership the LMA is uniquely fortunate to have Sir Alex Ferguson who, judged by any standards, is arguably the most successful manager in the history of the game world-wide.
The LMA is delighted that Sir Alex thoroughly approved of the concept and agreed to give his name to the trophy. He has been actively involved in the project right from the start, through the design stage and including visiting the workshop during the trophy’s final stages of manufacture.
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “It is a fantastic honour and I am very proud to have the LMA Manager of the Year trophy named after me. When you look at the list of managers that have won this trophy going right back to 1968 it is very humbling and a reminder of the various winners achievements.
“There’s no doubt that the likes of Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Brian Clough to highlight just a few were absolute legends and they left a fantastic legacy of how their teams played. And the current holder, Claudio Ranieri, what he achieved with Leicester City last year was nothing short of miraculous. He was a very worthy winner, there’s no doubt about that.”
Howard Wilkinson, LMA Chairman said: “There is no greater accolade than to have your successful endeavours honoured by your peer group. The names inscribed on this magnificent trophy will invoke memories of landmark moments in the history of English football. It will make all future winners feel especially honoured to have their name added to the trophy thereby recording their own personal contribution to the chronicles of the game.
“Sir Alex is without question the association’s most acclaimed, respected and universally admired member. The LMA is thrilled that the trophy bears his name, which guarantees its importance in sport.”