As part of the upcoming award ceremony, UEFA also released a shortlist for the men’s football Manager of the Year. The Germans dominate.
UEFA released the nominees for this award season, the Manager of the Year is part of the ceremony and we have a 3-men shortlist. For the men’s football category, the names are all coaches at the club level due to the pandemic that prevented international tournaments to take place.
This is the reason we will live through an atypical award show during next week’s upcoming draw. Amongst the nominees, we have an all-German affair that proves coaches from this country are dominating 2020. Let’s take a look at all the nominees and talk about their odds to win the award during the ceremony.
Jürgen Klopp – Liverpool
Last season’s winner didn’t have the best year on the continental front. However, Klopp did make history in the Premier League after getting Liverpool to win their first title in history since the format changed.
The German manager dominated throughout the whole season in English football and he never had any opposition. For this achievement alone, he deserves to be part of the list. As far as odds go, Klopp is the second favorite to win the award but it’s unlikely he will upset the competition.
Julian Nagelsmann – RB Leipzig
The young RB Leipzig manager became the youngest coach in football history to reach the UEFA Champions League’s knock-out stage at 33 years old. Nagelsmann had an impressive run during the post-quarantine part of the competition.
Despite reaching the semifinals of the tournament, he was knocked out by another German coach. However, UEFA decided to award Nagelsmann with this nomination over Thomas Tuchel. Out of all the nominated candidates, the young coach is the one with the least chances of winning the award.
Hansi Flick – Bayern Munich
Nobody denies the impressive impact that Hansi Flick had on the players since he took control of the squad in the middle of the season. Although Bayern already was dominating the Champions League, the team was faltering in the Bundesliga. Flick came to make the players realize they have one of the most competitive rosters in football history.
The Bayern coach was also part of the Germany squad that won the FIFA World Cup in 2014, which gave him all the experience to take this job. After winning the second treble in Bayern Munich’s history, Flick is the overwhelming favorite to take this one home.