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Liverpool's Rodgers named manager of the year

London - Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was named manager of the year by the League Managers Association for guiding the English club to second place in the Premier League, their highest finish in five years.

The award late Monday was voted by all LMA members, including every manager from the top four professional leagues in English football.

"There can be no greater tribute to a manager and his work than a tribute awarded by his match-day foes and peers," said LMA chairman, Howard Wilkinson.

"Liverpool Football Club’s performances and results this season have provoked memories of some of those momentous years in the past when they had to contend with those two United’s, the first from Leeds, the second from Manchester.

"For Liverpool and Brendan, I’m sure we all hope this season marks the beginning of a new voyage and a new era."

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis was named the Barclays Premier League manager of the year for helping the club keep their top-flight.

Pulis arrived at the club when Palace had four points from 11 games but they finished the season with 45, eleventh in the table.

"This is a community club, based in the most densely populated area in London and has a great opportunity of pushing forward," Pulis said on the club website.

"We’ve got to stay in the Premier League for the next two or three years to realise what we can eventually achieve. We have to look forward and say this is the way we will go and do it."

AFP


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