FIFA have announced a 10-man shortlist for ‘The Best’ Coach award. Last year’s winner, Didier Deschamps made the shortlist for the second year running as he looks to clinch the award again.
This year’s The Best Coach nominees also featured one African, Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi.
He made the list after an impressive AFCON saw Algeria clinch the trophy, conceding only 2 goals in the tournament, with only one from open play.
Another new name on the list was Peru coach Ricardo Gareca , who guided Peru to their most impressive tournament run in 46 years as the south american nation reached the Copa America final.
Treble winner Pep Guardiola and Champions League winner Jurgen Klopp also made the list.
Full list of nominees are:
1.Djamel Belmadi (ALG) – Algeria national team
2.Didier Deschamps (FRA) – France national team
3.Marcelo Gallardo (ARG) – River Plate
4.Ricardo Gareca (ARG) – Peru national team
5.Pep Guardiola (ESP) – Manchester City
6.Jurgen Klopp (GER) – Liverpool
7.Mauricio Pochettino (ARG) – Tottenham Hotspur
8.Fernando Santos (POR) – Portugal national team
9.Erik ten Hag (NED) – Ajax
10.Tite (BRA) – Brazil national team
For the women’s section, USA coach Jill Ellis made the list after their world cup winning campaign.
Joe Montemurro of Arsenal Women also made the list after an exceptional league winning campaign.
England manager, Phil Neville, also made the list after guiding England to the semis of the just ended world cup.
The full list of nominees are:
1.Milena Bertolini (ITA) – Italy national team
2.Jill Ellis (USA) – USA national team
3.Peter Gerhardsson (SWE) – Sweden national team
4.Futoshi Ikeda (JPN) – Japan U-20 national team
5.Antonia Is (ESP) – Spain U-17 national team
6.Joe Montemurro (AUS) – Arsenal
7.Phil Neville (ENG) – England national team
8.Reynald Pedros (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
9.Paul Riley (ENG) – North Carolina Courage
10.Sarina Wiegman (NED) – Netherlands national team
Voting started right after the release and ends on 19th August.