Fifa men’s coach of the year nominees announced – and Maurizio Sarri is snubbed despite Chelsea Europa League win


PEP GUARDIOLA and Jurgen Klopp are set for another head-to-head battle after being nominated for Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the year.

The bosses clashed in one of the most thrilling title races ever as Manchester City came out on top before Liverpool won the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp will be among the favourites after winning the Champions League
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Beaten finalist Mauricio Pochettino also made the cut but Maurizio Sarri’s Europa League triumph was not enough for a nod.

A team of experts picked the 10-man shortlist, which will be narrowed down to three with fans, journalists, national team coaches and captains all a part of the process.

Ajax’s Champions League semi-final run saw Erik ten Hag listed as River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo earned a place after winning the Copa Libertadores.

World Cup winners France and Copa America champions Brazil will have Didier Deschamps and Tite in line for the prize.

Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi also makes the cut after a historic Africa Nations Cup victory alongside Portugal’s Nations League-winning chief Fernando Santos and Peru chief Ricardo Gareca.

The winner will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in Milan on September 23.

Nominees: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Djamel Belmadi (Algeria), Didier Deschamps (France), Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate), Ricardo Gareca (Peru), Fernando Santos (Portugal), Erik Ten Hag (Ajax), Tite (Brazil).

Mauricio Pochettino was beaten in the Champions League final but makes the cut
Maurizio Sarri headed to Juventus after winning the Europa League
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