The League Managers Association (LMA) has commissioned the 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 silversmiths at Thomas Lyte, makers of the BT Sport Industry Awards trophy.
The award acknowledges their achievements during the season, as part 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.
The trophy stands 60cms tall, weighs 8.2Kg and is hand crafted from 4Kgs of sterling silver. The trophy has two plinths; one containing the 49 previous winners, the trophy’s legacy, and the second plinth will be used for this year’s 50th winner and all subsequent winners.
As well as the brand new trophy, 50 commemorative medals have been created to be presented to each previous winner, and will be collected at the LMA Annual Awards Dinner in London by the manager or a family representative.
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.”
Kevin Baker, founder and CEO of Thomas Lyte said: “We are fortunate to be the makers of the 2014 Emirates FA Cup and many other leading trophies in the world of sport, we are though privileged to be selected to design and make perhaps one of the most important trophies in sporting history. The new Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA Manger of the Year represents 50 years of vital endeavour in professional football achievement.
“Thomas Lyte have worked alongside the LMA for a number of years now and the partnership is one that we sincerely value.
“We congratulate all of the nominees and look forward to hearing the announcement of the 50th “Manager of the Year."