Liverpool's Rodgers shares manager of the year awards with Tony Pulis

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

The manager of the year awards were hotly contested in last night's LMA ceremony, with more than one outstanding Premier League boss being recognised.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers won the League Managers Association manager of the season award last night, beating off a host of rivals for the prestigious title.

The award, voted for by all managers within the Premier League and Football League, saw Rodgers become the first Liverpool manager in the history of the LMA awards to win and confirmed the impression the Northern Irishman has made on the domestic footballing community with his outstanding Premier League runners up. 

Rodgers didn't have it all his own way though, as Crystal Palace manager walked away with the award for Premier League manager of the year.

Under Rodgers, Liverpool embarked on a free-scoring title onslaught this season, rising from 7th spot last year to turn into one of the Premier League's outstanding attacking outfits.

The Reds ended up falling just short in their quest for the title, finishing second to Manchester City by just two points, despite a hugely impressive run of form since the turn of the year that saw them win 15 of 19 matches.

Rodgers himself was quick to highlight his disappointment in finishing second, having led coming into the last couple of weeks of the season, saying: "I was hoping I'd be on the open top bus tonight."

Welshman Pulis took over Palace in November with the Londoners in the bottom three, and went on his own superb run of form to drag them out of the relegation zone and up as high as eleventh by the season's climax. It is uncertain whether the former Stoke man will still be in charge at Selhurst Park next season.

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