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Was the Coach of the Year Nomination fair?

Did Klinsmann, cupless Mourinho & co. NOT deserve Coach of the Year nomination?

October 31, 2014 By Oscar Rojas
Criticism around the world has risen since the list was made official by FIFA, since some managers did not win anything with their clubs or National teams.

When it comes to award nominations, there will always be matters to dispute. This time, two coaches have raised their voices with complaints about some coaches nominated for the Coach of the Year award, which were revealed earlier this week. Benfica's coach Jorge Jesus stated some of the nominees did not achieve anything that would have been worth a nomination.

"I couldn't help looking to see what some of them did not win. If you ask whether I wanted to be there, then I would say yes, it would have been a recognition of my work. I don't know the criteria used for this choice, If I did, I would have a better-informed opinion, but I have noticed that there are some on the list who achieved less than I did," Jesus stated.

Jesus's comments appeared to be aimed mainly at his compatriot Jose Mourinho, who failed to land a trophy with Chelsea last season.

The Portuguese coached was backed by El Tri's manager Miguel Herrera, who was surprised Jorge Luis Pinto was snubbed and Jurgen Klinsmann made the list of nominees.

“I don't know why Jurgen Klinsman is on the list. Maybe because he's German. That's the only explanation we have, because he hasn't done anything to be there. I'd say Jorge Luis Pinto did more with Costa Rica,"Herrera said.

Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Juergen Klinsmann (United States), Joachim Loew (Germany), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) andLouis van Gaal (Netherlands) were on the Fifa shortlist announced on Wednesday.

 


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