Reading FC boss McDermott wins LMA awardBy Jonny Fordham
May 15, 2012
Brian McDermott has been crowned the Npower Football League Championship manager-of-the-year by the League Managers' Association.
McDermott scooped the top gong after guiding Reading to the Championship title following last year's play-off heartbreak at Wembley.
The 51-year-old boss beat Southampton's Nigel Adkins, Birmingham City's Chris Hughton, Cardiff City's Malky Mackay and Watford's Sean Dyche to the prestigious award.
McDermott had a 56 per cent win record in 2011/12, losing just 13 games during the season.
His good friend and former Reading boss Alan Pardew, who brought him to Madejski Stadium, picked up the Premier League prize after steering Newcastle United to fifth this season.
Pardew also won the LMA's manager-of-the-year award.
Also nominated for the top-flight award was Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City - another man with strong Royals connections as both a former Academy coach and manager.