Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, winner of last season’s Champions League, received the UEFA coach of the year award in Monaco, with Italian coaches Simone Inzaghi of Inter and Luciano Spalletti, who won Serie A with Napoli, also in the running.
Guardiola, who did not attend the ceremony at Monaco’s Forum Grimaldi because he is recovering from surgery, takes the honor from Carlo Ancelotti, who picked up the award last year in Istanbul after winning the Champions League, LaLiga and the Spanish and European Super Cups with Real Madrid.
Having been in charge of Manchester City since the 2016-2017 season, Guardiola has made the most of the insurmountable fiscal advantage the club has and even won the Treble in 2022/23, consisting of last season’s Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League, He has even added silverware this season after defeating Sevilla on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final in Athens.
With this title, he took his career tally to 36, which includes the 14 he won during his time with Barcelona (three leagues, two Champions Leagues, two Copas del Rey, three Supercopas de Espana, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups) and the seven he won with Bayern Munich (three leagues, one Club World Cup, two Cups and one European Super Cup).
With Manchester City, he has now won 15 titles (four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups, three community shields, one Champions League and one European Super Cup).
The winners of the UEFA Best of the Season awards are chosen by a panel of coaches and journalists, after an initial pre-selection by UEFA’s technical study group, on the basis of their performance.