THE RIVALRY BETWEEN GUARDIOLA AND KLOPP CONTINUES AS FIFA NOMINATED THEM FOR BEST COACH
The rivalry between Manchester City and Liverpool has been renewed in the nominations for the Best FIFA Men's Coach Award.
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.
There is no place on the shortlist for Massimiliano Allegri despite the former Juventus coach having won his fifth consecutive league cup with the Bianconeri, former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri not included in the list even though he won the Europa League, reached the EFL Cup final and secured a Champions League spot with Chelsea.
Guardiola managed Manchester City to the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup in a outstanding season 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 Coach is also in the running for the FIFA award.
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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 Under-20s' Futoshi Ikeda, and Arsenal's Joe Montemurro.
The Best FIFA Women's Coach nominees:
Milena Bertolini (Italy)
Jill Ellis (USA)
Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden)
Futoshi Ikeda (Japan U-20)
Antonia Is (Spain U-17)
Joe Montemurro (Arsenal)
Phil Neville (England)
Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
Paul Riley (North Carolina Courage)
Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands)
The Best FIFA Men's Coach nominees:
Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)
Didier Deschamps (France)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)
Fernando Santos (Portugal)
Erik ten Hag (Ajax)
Marcelo Gallardo (River Plate)
Ricardo Gareca (Peru)
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)