Pep Guardiola has been rewarded for a record-breaking season with Manchester City by being named the League Managers Association Manager of the Year. "It's a pleasure to be able to work here", Guardiola said on signing his contract extension. "Then we'll try to come back stronger than this season", added the 47-year-old Spaniard.
We are going to try every day on the pitch to improve our players.
"We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we've achieved this season".
When the LMA Manager of the Year nominees were announced, Paul Hurst's absence was greeted with widespread shock, however the Shrewsbury Town landed the League One gong following a superb season with the Shrews, which could yet end in promotion up to the Championship.
"In doing so he has embodied the passion and commitment we all have for the club".
Along with their record winning margin (19) and points haul, City also set Premier League bests in 2017-2018 in terms of goals scored (106), consecutive matches won (18), away victories (16) and overall wins (32).
If he completes the whole length of his new contract, Guardiola will have spent five years at City, longer than his time in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The brand of football played by City was spellbinding, with questions asked earlier in the campaign about whether they are the best the Premier League has ever seen.
The trouble is, the teams chasing them were so far behind that there was never any real title race to get excited about and the final day of the season last Sunday - when very little was at stake at the top and bottom of the table - summed up how flat the whole Premier League story has been this year.
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City confirmed Guardiola's contract extension on their official website on Thursday.
Every other side that finished in the top six received over £140m - only Everton (8th) and Newcastle (10th) received over £120m - whilst the Premier League's bottom club, West Brom, were paid £94.7m.
His first season as City manager ended with the team 15 points adrift of champions Chelsea.