Four Premier League managers nominees for FIFA’s best coach award

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FIFA has announced the 10-man shortlist for the best coach of 2016.

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Four Premier League managers got the nod with Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp among the nominees.

Other nominees include national team managers Didier Deschamps of France, Chris Coleman of Wales and Fernando Santos of Portugal, while Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane and Barcelona’s Luis Enrique complete the 10-man shortlist.

At a glance, Ranieri has to have a great chance of winning this award following Leicester’s incredible Premier League title win last season. Santos of Portugal and Zidane will also be in the hunt as both men delivered key European titles and in Santos’ case the first major trophy in the history of the Portuguese national team. And then there’s Luis Enrique who has constructed one of the greatest teams the world has ever seen at Barcelona.

The award recognize the best coach in the male game in 2016 and world soccer’s governing body will use a varied voting process to decide the winner.

Per FIFA’s release regarding the voting process:

50% of the decision will be based on the choices of all captains and head coaches of national teams around the globe. The other 50% will be split between the result of an online public ballot with football fans and submissions from a selected group of over 200 media representatives from the six continents.

Voting starts on November 4 and ends on November 22 and the final three nominees will be announced on  December 2 and the winner will be announced at FIFA’s Football Awards show on January 9, 2017.