Jurgen Klopp a surprise inclusion as FIFA reveal 10 candidates for Men’s Coach 2016 award

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri the favourite?

Italian coach Claudio Ranieri is surely the favourite to win this year’s FIFA Men’s Coach award after guiding Leicester City to a historic Premier League title.

FIFA today revealed the 10 man shortlist, featuring four Premier League coaches, three La Liga coaches and two international coaches.

Jurgen Klopp is something of a surprise inclusion after failing to secure European football for Liverpool this season, as well as losing two cup finals.

Mauricio Pochettino’s inclusion also raised eyebrows after he guided Tottenham to a 3rd placed finish in the Premier League, one place behind Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

How the winner is decided

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.

The winner will be presented with his award at The Best FIFA Football Awards show on 9 January 2017.

FIFA’s 10 contenders can be seen below.

FIFA Coach of 2016 shortlist
FIFA Coach of 2016 shortlist