FIFA has revealed the ten-man shortlist for their Mens’ Coach Award 2016, and as unsurprisingly it is dominated by England, Spain and EURO 2016.
The Premier League is the best represented in the lineup, with no fewer than four managers in England’s top flight earning a nomination.
The four, Claudio Ranieri, Mauricio Pochettino, Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp, have all bee nominated due to strong performances either domestically or in Europe.
That being said, Klopp’s inclusion is a surprise as despite his Liverpool side’s run to the Europa League final, Unai Emery (whose Sevilla team actually won the cup) has not been included.
Ranieri will surely find himself among the frontrunners as he performed a footballing miracle in guiding Leicester City to their first ever Premier League title earlier this year. Pochettino, meanwhile, ran the Foxes close with Tottenham before ultimately finishing third.
Guardiola is nominated as his Bayern Munich side won a league and cup double in Germany (as did Max Allegri with Juventus, who wasn’t nominated), while also reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for a third consecutive sear. Guardiola has since, of course, moved to Manchester City.
Outside of England, the respective managers of La Liga’s ‘Big Three’ have all been nominated – Luis Enrique won the league and cup with Barcelona, while Zinedine Zidane won the Champions League with Real Madrid and Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid pushed them all the way in the final.
The final three nominations are all European national team coaches, meaning Copa America winner Juan Antonio Pizzi with Chile was not nominated. Portugal’s European Championship-winning manager Fernando Santos was, however, as was his vanquished opponent with France, Didier Deschamps.
The nominations are rounded off with Wales manager Chris Coleman, who guided his country to the Euro 2016 semi-finals earlier this summer.
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Guardiola is a previous winner of the award, while Klopp and Simone have been among the runners-up. Although the Premier League is the best-represented this year, no manager working in England at the time has been crowned the winner (though Alex Ferguson has also been among the top three in the past)
The winner will be announced later this year, on the same date that the newly-reintroduced FIFA World Player of the Year will be decided.