SHAKERS legend Ryan Lowe mixed with some of the top managers in the game as he was honoured for his work at Gigg Lane last season.

Now with Plymouth, Lowe's role in Bury's promotion to League One in the midst of the financial crisis engulfing the club saw him pick up a prize at the Football Writers' Association Northern Managers awards night in Manchester.

There the Liverpool fan got the chance to rub shoulders with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola among others.

“It was an honour to be part of such a good evening at the football writers’ awards," said Lowe.

“To be on the top table with some fantastic managers, let alone Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, was something special.

“I would like to thank my staff from last season and the players who contributed to this award.”

Lowe was one of a number of managers to pick up prizes for their achievements last season, Guardiola and Klopp the headline names.

The former was honoured for leading Manchester City to a domestic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

All three trophies were on display at the Radisson Hotel, along with the FA Womens Cup and Continental Trophy, won by Manchester City Women.

Their manager Nick Cushing was also honoured with an award at the event.

Klopp was in attendance with the European Cup the Reds won with victory over Tottenham in June.

Other managers to be honoured included Chris Wilder for leading Sheffield United to promotion from the Championship, Daniel Stendel of Barnsley, Tranmere's Micky Mellon, Graham Alexander of Salford City, AFC Fylde's Dave Challinor and Barry Lewtas from Liverpool's Under 18s team.

Lowe, his staff and players put the clubs issues to one side to finish second in League Two behind champions Lincoln City in May.

The well-documented problems escalated quickly after that however, the former striker, a three-time promotion winner as both a player and a manager, leaving for Plymouth in June, Argyle currently eighth in League Two and just outside the play-offs.

His affinity with the club remains though, Lowe playing in a Shakers legends game at Radcliffe last month alongside is son that helped raise money for a new phoenix club set to emerge in non-league next season.

The 41-year-old also made an appearance at a special exhibition celebrating the club's past in Manchester last weekend.

Lowe followed the awards night on Saturday evening by taking in the Zoe Hitchen-curated 'We Are Bury' event at Arch 7, Mayfield, on Sunday.