Mauricio Pochettino named on FIFA Coach of the Year shortlist

The Argentine has made a star-studded 10 man shortlist.

Mauricio Pochettino named on FIFA Coach of the Year shortlist
Pochettino in a press conference before Wednesday's Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen (photo: Getty Images / Clive Rose)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been nominated for the 2016 FIFA Men's Coach of the Year award, ahead of a prestigious awards ceremony to be held in January.

Pochettino is one of 10 names on the list for the prestigious award, currently held by Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who took the title last year after taking the Catalan side to a treble wining 2014/15 season. 

Pochettino almost led Spurs to title 

The nomination comes after a fantastic year for Pochettino, as he helped Tottenham to their first Champions League qualification in years, whilst putting more pressure on Leicester City than anybody else in the Premier League title chase.

Not only that, but Pochettino also helped mould the talents of Dele Alli and Harry Kane, now huge stars. Coming into this season, he's led Spurs through an unbeaten start to the league season, whilst putting them in a solid position to qualify through their Champions League group.

Young boss faces tough battle to win award

The winner is chosen following a voting process involving national team managers and captains, as well as media representatives from across the globe.

It's thought that Pochettino, despite his achievements, will struggle to make the three-man final shortlist when it's announced in December, as he faces some tough competition.

Champions League winning Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will fancy his chances, whilst Portugal coach Fernando Santos must also be in with a shout after his nation won Euro 2016. Adding to that, Claudio Ranieri will also be amongst the favourites after shocking the world by leading Leicester to a title win. 

Full 10 man shortlist: Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone, Jürgen Klopp, Zinedine Zidane, Claudio Ranieri, Fernando Santos, Didier Deschamps, Luis Enrique, Chris Coleman, Pep Guardiola.