Deschamps, Zidane on FIFA Coach of the Year shortlist


France’s coach Didier Deschamps (2R) and France’s assistant coach Guy Stephan (2L) pose with the World Cup trophy.(AFP)

Stanislav Cherchesov and Gareth Southgate are among a number of World Cup bosses to be included on the shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach prize for 2018.
Russia coach Cherchesov is a surprise inclusion after leading the tournament hosts to the quarter-finals, with Roberto Martinez and Southgate rewarded for reaching the last four with Belgium and England.
Didier Deschamps is included on an 11-man shortlist after leading France to glory with a 4-2 final victory against Croatia, whose coach Zlatko Dalic is also nominated.
Club representatives are led by Pep Guardiola, whose second season at Manchester City yielded the EFL Cup and a Premier League title won by 19 points.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is on the list despite finishing fourth in the Premier League, with his side’s thrilling run to the Champions League final rewarded.
Zinedine Zidane won the award last year and he is nominated again after a third consecutive Champions League crown with Real Madrid. The former France star is the only unemployed coach on the shortlist following his shock resignation in May. (Omnisport)