Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola said they were deeply moved on Thursday night after being inducted into the League Managers Association’s (LMA) Hall of Fame.
The German and the Spaniard were presented with silver salver to commemorate their inductions by LMA president Gareth Southgate and fellow Hall of Famer Sir Alex Ferguson at a gala evening in Manchester.
“To be a part of this incredible group of managers is big,” Klopp said
“Tonight my family and coaches are here. I wanted them all to be here because it is very important in in our family history.
“It’s big, it’s really big. When I first heard about it [the honour] I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
“I’ve now been in England for a bit longer than four years and I’ve enjoyed each second, to be honest.
“I saw all the names with the pictures when I came in, it’s really impressive.
“I don’t often feel pride but, in this moment, I’m very proud because this is something really, really special.”
Guardiola said: “I do not have any words to express my gratitude. To be part of this family.
“It is an incredible honour to be a part of it, for the rest of my life and for generations, to be in this Hall of Fame in English football.”
LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said Klopp and Guardiola had shown “incredible drive, innovation and dedication” in their roles.
“Since arriving in England, they have built two of the best teams in Premier League history and have done so with humility and honour,” Wilkinson said.
Klopp joined Liverpool for the 2015-16 campaign and last season led the club to the Champions League title.
Guardiola took over Manchester City at the start of 2016-17, and has so far taken the side to two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups.