11 names has been shortlisted for this year’s Best Men’s Coach and it’s no surprise that some of the names shortlisted where present so here is the breakdown of the shortlisted coaches and their achievement.
1. Zinedine Zidane: It’s no surprise that the Ex Real Madrid Player and Coach make this list. Having resigned from Coaching duties this summer, the One-time Ballon D’or winner guided Real Madrid to a Third consecutive Champions League title tagged ‘’Back to Back to Back’’, A Fifa Club World Cup, A Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup under this calendar year.
2. Didier Deschamps: Having lost the Euro 2016 final to A Ronaldo led Portugal side Didier Deschamps came into the World Cup stronger and eager to make a mark and so he did with him winning the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup with his Home Country France.
3. Pep Guardiola: Who would be surprised to see this name on the list following his record breaking season and over haul with Manchester City that saw him reach a Centurion of Points and was crowned League Champions with the Carabao Cup earlier this year, its no surprise that he is one of the picks for this one. Some records broken include Highest Points in a season (100), highest goals (106) highest wins in a season (32) etc.
4. Gareth Southgate: Controversial you think well it is considering the fact that he hasn’t been in the realm of England National Team affairs for more than six months but he over achieved leading his Confident young English side to a fourth place finish at the just concluded World Cup although there were thoughts that it ‘’Was Coming Home’’.
5. Ernesto Valverde: Valverde replaced Luis Enrique as the new Barcelona manager. His spell began with defeat as arch rivals Real Madrid who won both legs of the Spanish Super Cup at the start of the season. However, the team then went on an 29-match unbeaten run in all competitions from 20 August 2017 until 17 January 2018, when they lost to Espanyol in the Spanish Cup quarter final first leg. But they recovered to progress in that tie as part of another sequence of 15 matches without defeat, before a loss to A.S Roma in the quarter final stage of the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona remained undefeated for 43 matches in the Spanish League only to lose in their penultimate game of the season Levente UD. Although his side were still crowned champions.
6. Jurgen Klopp: Although without a title to his name, the Liverpool head coach had a year to remember as he led his Mo Salah inspired side to their first UEFA Champions League final in 10 years but bitterly lost to Co-Nominee Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid led side. But his coached side was one to be feared as they battered Manchester City 5-1 in both legs en route to the final.
7. Maximilliano Allegri: He led his Italian Side Juventus to a Fourth Consecutive Coppa Italia title, the Champions League Quarter Final, was also the SuperCoppa Italiana runner-up and led Juventus to their 34th Serie A title. So it was a near perfect season for the 50 years old.
8. Diego Simeone: Coach of the current Europa League Winner, Atletico De Madrid, which should explain why the Argentine was shortlisted. Having led Atletico De Madrid to a title success in Europe and finished 2nd in the just concluded La Liga Season over their Arch rivals Real Madrid, it was an outstanding season for the Young Atletico De Madrid Legend.
9. Zlatko Dalic: Not to popular amongst majority of Football supporters around the World but now he should be following his Near Perfect experience and achievement as he led his experienced Modric led Croatian side to their first ever World Cup Final but ended the day as runner up to Didier Deschamps French side. But now he has become a National Hero and soon a Footballing Genius.
10. Roberto Martinez: Former Everton manager has been shortlisted for this award having led a Star Stacked Belgium side to 3rd runner ups in the just concluded World Cup and en route to their highest finish, His Belgian side defeated predicted winners Brazil but lost to potential winners France in the process.
11. Stanislav Cherchesov: Now a Russian Hero, the Russian Born manager led Host nation Russia to a memorable World Cup which saw them beat Spain and advanced to the quarter-final only to lose to Finalist Croatia on Penalties. But Stanislav Cherchesov would not be forgotten so easily made Russian fans and Government proud of his Performance.