Pep Guardiola said managing in England is a "dream come true" as he was honoured by the Football Writers' Association.
The Manchester City manager, fresh from a 6-1 victory over Southampton, was awarded for his side's Premier League title last season.
Speaking at the ceremony in Manchester, he said: "I'm fortunate to be here in your country, in England. It's incredible, it was a dream from a little boy for a young manager to come here to your country and be a manager here.
"It's a dream come true."
City won 32 of their 38 games last season, scoring a record 106 goals and amassing a record 100 points.
Guardiola said: "I want to share, of course, this award with the whole Manchester City family because I know it's a real family.
"I know people say we have a lot of money, that's true, but despite of that it's incredible the people I'm working with and I'm a lucky guy to be here.
"Thank you so much to make me feel at home in your country here and in Manchester."
The 47-year-old also made light of his outfit for the evening - the event's dress code was lounge suit and Guardiola accepted the award wearing an Icon print jumper.
Pointing to his outfit, he added: "Everyone is so elegant with a suit and tie and I came here with...
"I am a little bit embarrassed, I'm a disaster. I didn't expect how important this event was."
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