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Ferguson wins LMA Manager gong

Sir Alex Ferguson has been named the LMA's Premier League Manager of the Year, with Malky Mackay, Gary Johnson and Martin Allen also rewarded.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 23:18

Sir Alex Ferguson: Bagged another award

Sir Alex Ferguson: Bagged another award

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The outgoing Manchester United boss picked up the award at a dinner in London and admitted he was relieved the celebrations to mark his retirement were over.

They culminated in his last match in charge, a 5-5 draw at West Brom.

Ferguson said: "It has been overwhelming. The club has been fantastic and congratulations to West Brom with the way they handled yesterday.

"In a way I am glad it is all over now - because it has been hard work!

"I think (West Brom manager) Steve Clarke should get an award because anyone who scores five against United deserves it."

Ferguson added that he was confident he was leaving United in good hands, with the club's emphasis on bringing through young players.

United also won the inaugural Barclays Under-21 Premier League, beating Tottenham.

He said: "It has always placed a great emphasis on youth long before I came.

"Sir Matt Busby started that and took Manchester United into Europe, the first English club to do so.

"It's always been there and I have tried to maintain that though it is more difficult in the present climate - you have to scout abroad now but you are still looking for young people who can do well."

Cardiff boss Mackay was named the Championship Manager of the Season after winning the title.

He said: "I am just very proud of the whole club - a lot of people in the last two years have put hard work into building this."

Yeovil's Gary Johnson was named the League One Manager of the Year and Gillingham's Martin Allen won the League Two award.

England boss Roy Hodgson was elected into the LMA's 1,000 club for managers who had been in charge of 1,000 games after the body agreed to take overseas and international matches into account.

Former Southampton boss Lawrie McMenemy was also elected into the club.

Hodgson, who has coached in eight different countries, said the job of a manager was becoming tougher.

He said: "You have to be very lucky to survive the ups and downs and that's getting harder and harder.

"I have been lucky and done it in some quite easy places to be compared to what Sir Alex Ferguson has done at Manchester United and Aberdeen, that's for sure."

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