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Pep Guardiola and the other members of the back-to-back titles club - in pictures

Manchester City's 4-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday saw them pip rivals Liverpool to the title by a single point

Pep Guardiola made history on Sunday when he became the first manager in 10 years to guide an English club to successive Premier League titles.

Manchester City's 4-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday saw them pip rivals Liverpool to the title by a single point.

It follows City's their record-breaking exploits in 2017/18 when they registered 100 points to clinch the Premier League trophy.

The Catalan joins an elite club of managers who have successfully defended the English top-flight title over the past 100 years.

Alex Ferguson

The challenge for Pep Guardiola now is to match former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who won back-to-back Premier League titles on four occasions. Indeed twice, between 1999 and 2001, and then 2007 to 2009, the Scot guided United to three titles in a row. The other repeats came in 1993 and 1994 and then 1996 and 1997.

Jose Mourinho

The self-anointed 'Special One' made an immediate impact at Chelsea by guiding them to a Premier League title in his first season in charge in 2005. The Portuguese then held off a stern challenge from Manchester United to repeat the feat 12 months later.

Bob Paisley

Paisley is well remembered for guiding Liverpool to three European Cups during his nine-year tenure in charge at Anfield. But he was also a dab hand at winning titles. Three times he took Liverpool to successive championships. Liverpool first repeated as Division One champions under Paisley in 1976, then again in 1980 and 1983.

Stan Cullis

Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a great first season back in the Premier League, finishing seventh. But that does not compare to the Cullis era in the 1950s when he took the Midlands club to three championships during the decade. The second of them, in 1958, was followed up by a successful defence in 1959.

Matt Busby

Busby’s legacy at Manchester United is world renown. His first stint at Old Trafford from 1945 to 1969 included five Division One championships and a European Cup. Before Ferguson he had been the only United manager to have won successive English titles, guiding United to top spot in 1956 and again the following season. Getty Images

Bob Jackson

Modern day Portsmouth may be fighting for promotion from England’s third tier in the play-offs but they were, for a time, the team to beat in England. That was down to Jackson who guided them to two championships in a row in 1949 and 1950, the latter won on goal difference ahead of Wolves.

Robert Brown

Brown has the distinction of being the only manager to win two Division One titles on the trot in charge of different teams. In 1929 Brown guided Wednesday to the title. He achieved the same feat 12 months later but under the club's re-branded name of Sheffield Wednesday.

Herbert Chapman

Huddersfield Town may have been relegated from the Premier League in record time, but looking back almost a 100 years ago they were a powerhouse in English football. Led by Herbert Chapman they won the league in 1924 and then retained it in 1925. Getty Images

Updated: May 12, 2019 11:06 PM

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