Surman: Bundesliga Manager of the Year


Grayson Surman has been named as the Deutsche Fußballtrainer des Jahres after he guided his Borussia Dortmund side to the treble. Surman is only the second foreign coach to win the award in its 13-year history, following Louis van Gaal (Bayern Munich, 2010).

The award is voted for by members of the Association of German Football Writers and Kicker sports magazine, and eligible candidates are any coach in Germany as well as German-born coaches working abroad. Christian Gross of Borussia Mönchengladbach came runner-up, with Pep Guardiola of Bayern Munich in third-place.

Surman was also presented with the Spielers Fußball-Trainer des Jahres Award, voted for by the players in Bundesliga. Gross and Guardiola again completed the top three.

Surman has been at Borussia Dortmund for 366 days, winning 39 of the club’s 53 competitive matches and losing just four for a win ratio of 73%. He recently turned down the vacancy at Manchester City.