Chris Hughton, Chris Wilder and Paul Cook have been named as the three EFL managers of the year at the annual LMA Awards.Hughton collected the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year award having led Brighton & Hove Albion to promotion to the Premier League by finishing second, in what was a special season for the club.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was a double award winner following the Blades' Sky Bet League One title triumph, which came a year after the manager lifted the Sky Bet League Two champions trophy with Northampton Town.
Wilder's record over the past two seasons reads 59 wins, 22 draws and just 11 defeats, and, at the ceremony, he was named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Year and also collected a Special Achievement Award.
The Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Year award went to Portsmouth's Paul Cook, who guided Pompey to the League Two title in dramatic fashion, becoming champions on the final day of the season.
Lincoln City also enjoyed a stunning campaign as they secured their return to the EFL by winning The National League, coupled with a fairytale run to the FA Cup quarter-finals. Danny Cowley was the man who masterminded that success for the Imps, and the manager was presented with a Special Achievement Award.
The prestigious LMA Service to Football Award honoured the contributions to the game made by Tony Collins, who was the first BAME manager in English football.
LMA Annual Awards winners 2016/17:
LMA Manager of the Year: Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Premier League Manager of the Year: Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Year: Chris Hughton (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Sky Bet League One Manager of the Year: Chris Wilder (Sheffield United)
Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Year: Paul Cook (Portsmouth)
LMA Service to Football Award: Tony Collins
LMA Special Achievement Award: Chris Wilder (Sheffield United)
LMA Special Achievement Award: Danny Cowley (Lincoln City)
LMA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan, said: “The LMA congratulates the six managers who received awards at the LMA Annual Awards Dinner.
“Following years of dedication to the profession of coaching, Danny Cowley, Paul Cook, Chris Wilder and Chris Hughton have been instrumental in the successful promotions of their respective clubs this season and fully deserve the recognition from their fellow managers. We wish them all the very best of luck as they prepare for next season in their new leagues.
“It was our privilege to honour Tony Collins’ contribution to the game. As the first BAME manager in English football, Tony was able to break down barriers in the 1960s. The game must continue to address the issues facing BAME managers and coaches so more can follow in Tony’s footsteps.”