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Canaries' boss Farke snubbed again as Wilder lifts two managerial awards

PUBLISHED: 08:30 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:02 15 May 2019

Norwich City chief Daniel Farke lifted the Championship title trophy at Aston Villa 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City chief Daniel Farke lifted the Championship title trophy at Aston Villa Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City's Championship-winning boss Daniel Farke missed out on two prestigious managerial awards to Sheffield United rival Chris Wilder at the League Managers' Association end of season dinner.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder pipped Norwich City rival Daniel Farke  to two managerial awards at the League Managers' Association bash Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdSheffield United manager Chris Wilder pipped Norwich City rival Daniel Farke to two managerial awards at the League Managers' Association bash Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wilder guided Sheffield United to second place in the league, five points behind Farke's Canaries, but was crowned both the LMA Championship manager-of-the-year and the overall LMA manager-of-the-year in London on Tuesday.

Wilder was presented with the overall award by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and England coach Gareth Southgate at the Grosvenor House Hotel bash.

Farke was the only divisional title winner to be snubbed, with Pep Guardiola, Mick Harford (Luton Town) and Danny Cowley (Lincoln City) also recognised by their peers.

City's German head coach was shortlisted for the LMA manager-of-the-year, along with Manchester City's Guardiola and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, but it was Wilder who completed the double.

Wilder, speaking to the LMA official site, said: "To be voted for by your peers, to get this award is unbelievable and it tops off an incredible season for me and everybody involved at Sheffield United.

"There are some inspirational people in front of me; Sir Alex Ferguson, Gareth Southgate, Sam Allardyce, Walter Smith and Dave Bassett, who is a fantastic mentor to me. My pathway has been a different one, and hopefully can be an inspiration, to everybody else."

LMA chief executive, Richard Bevan, paid tribute to Wilder's rise through the lower leagues.

"Chris' success with Sheffield United is a remarkable story of a homegrown manager inspiring his club through two promotions and into the Premier League," said Bevan.

"His own personal journey through the EFL to the Premier League has been one of the quickest in the history of the game. Three promotions in four years with two different clubs has established Chris as one of the most talented English managers in the game.

"We applaud his success and wish him the very best, as he prepares for his first season at the elite level of English football."

Farke was also overlooked by the Football League earlier this month, who named Wilder as the Championship manager-of-the-year.

The impressive Canaries' boss won only one monthly award during the whole of last season, in December, despite plotting an improbable Premier League promotion success.

Wilder won two of the last three monthly awards of the season, during a 14-game unbeaten run for the champions.

There was a number of other awards on the night at the LMA dinner in London, which included Ipswich stalwart Pat Godbold, who has been involved at Portman Road in various roles for 65 years, given the LMA Service to Football award.

City's title-winning players earned more personal recognition for their achievements, with Teemu Pukki lifting the Championship player-of-the-season while Max Aarons was named the EFL Young-player-of-the-season earlier this month.

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