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Guardiola and Klopp lead nominees for Fifa coach awards

Jill Ellis and Phil Neville are among the contenders for the Women’s accolade.

Klopp and Guardiola guided their sides to success last season.
Klopp and Guardiola guided their sides to success last season.

PREMIER LEAGUE RIVALS Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are among the candidates to win the Best Fifa Men’s Coach award, while Jill Ellis heads up the Best Fifa Women’s Coach nominees after she led the United States to World Cup glory.

Guardiola guided Manchester City to the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup in a glittering 2018/19 campaign that saw Klopp’s Liverpool push them all the way for domestic glory.

The Reds won the Champions League for the first time in 14 years, beating Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham in the final, and the Spurs boss is also in the running for the Fifa award.

There is no place on the shortlist for Massimiliano Allegri despite the former Juventus coach having clinched his fifth consecutive Scudetto with the Bianconeri, and his successor Maurizio Sarri missed out even though he won the Europa League, reached the EFL Cup final and secured a Champions League spot with Chelsea.

Ellis, meanwhile, is up against Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman whose side the USA beat in the World Cup final. The coaches of both semi-finalists, England’s Phil Neville and Sweden’s Peter Gerhardsson, are also on the shortlist.

Italy’s Milena Bertolini is also in contention along with Lyon’s Reynald Pedros, Japan U20s’ Futoshi Ikeda, and Arsenal’s Joe Montemurro.

The Best Fifa Men’s Coach nominees:

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

The Best Fifa Women’s Coach nominees:

Milena Bertolini (Italy)
Jill Ellis (USA)
Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden)
Futoshi Ikeda (Japan U20)
Antonia Is (Spain U17)
Joe Montemurro (Arsenal)
Phil Neville (England)
Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
Paul Riley (North Carolina Courage)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands).

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