Guardiola, nominated for the UEFA Coach of the Year award


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is among the three nominees for the 2022/23 UEFA Coach of the Year award, along with Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi and former Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti.

The initial pre-selection of starters was chosen by the UEFA technical study group, from which the ‘podium’ made up of Guardiola, Inzaghi and Spalletti came out. The Catalan was proclaimed champion with the English team in the Champions League, precisely against Inzaghi’s Inter, in addition to the Premier League and the FA Cup.

The ‘Nerazzurri’, as well as being finalists in the continental tournament, lifted the Coppa, as another of the coach’s tricks to win the award. For its part, Spalletti’s Napoli, which no longer occupies the Italian bench, was proclaimed champion of the Scudetto 33 years later.

The three nominees were voted on by a jury made up of the coaches of the clubs that played in the group stage of the Champions League, the Europa League and the Conference last season, as well as the coaches of the European men’s teams and a group of journalists selected by the ‘European Sports Media’ (ESM).

Coaches and journalists were asked to choose three coaches from the shortlist, assigning them five points, three points and one point, respectively. The winner will be announced at the 2023/24 Champions League group stage draw ceremony, which will take place on August 31 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

The rest of the coaches who received votes were Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton-70 points) and Mikel Arteta (Arsenal-67), closing the ‘top5’; and Zlatko Dalic (Croatia-49), José Luis Mendilibar (Sevilla-28), Didier Deschamps (France-26), David Moyes (West Ham-22) and Franck Haise (Lens-11).