- Pochettino and Guardiola also nominated
The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has released the list of distinguished coaches nominated for this year’s FIFA Coach of The Year award.
The list, which was released today had Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane leading the pack among top contenders for the prestigious award. The list also includes four coaches from the English top flight league. Chelsea coach Anthonio conte leads the contingents from England followed by Totenham coach Mauricio Pochetino, Pep Guardiola of Manchester city and Jose Mourinho of Manchester United.
The other coaches that will be squaring against the EPL coaches are Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, Bayern Munich’s Carlo Ancelotti, ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim, Germany coach Joachim Low, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Brazil’s Tite.
Zinedine Zidane will be optimistic of winning the award after guiding Real Madrid to a back -to- back Champions League glory and also winning the La Liga title. The Frenchman has added two more trophies this summer after winning the UEFA Super cup and the Spanish Super cup.
The shortlist was made by a panel of experts on men’s football representing various FIFA and external football stakeholders and the selection criteria for the men’s football coaches of the year are: performance and general behaviour of their teams on and off the pitch from 20 November 2016 to 2 July 2017.
The winner of the award will be announced on the 23rd of October 2017 in London.