Brian McDermott has been voted npower Championship manager of the year for 2011/12 by the League Managers' Association.
The Royals boss, who steered the club to automatic promotion as champions, collected the award at the LMA's 20th annual awards dinner in London.
LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "There's no doubt that the LMA annual awards are perceived as the most accurate measure of a manager's ability because there are no better judges of your performance than your peers."
LMA chief executive Richard Bevan added: "This is a celebration of this season's managerial achievements across the top four leagues in the professional game. To receive votes from and to be acknowledged by your fellow managers and competitors is a great honour."