FORMER Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers has been named manager of the year by the League Managers' Association.
Rodgers, who led Swansea to the Premier League before quitting for Liverpool in 2012, came close to ending the Reds' 24-year wait for a Premier League title.
They ended up second, but that was a remarkable achievement in itself given that Liverpool finished seventh in 2012-13.
LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "There can be no greater tribute to a manager and his work than a tribute awarded by his match day foes and peers.
"For Liverpool and Brendan, I'm sure we all hope this season marks the beginning of a new voyage and a new era."
Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis was named Premier League manager of the year, while another ex-Swansea chief, Kenny Jackett, was honoured alongside Russell Slade in League One.