By Dominic Toner
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been nominated for FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach of 2016 – and Arsenal fans have voiced their anger on Twitter with the decision.
The Spurs manager has been included by FIFA, but there is no place for Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger.
The International Federation of Association Football has comprised a shortlist of managers, which will be voted for by both captains and head coaches, as well an online ballot by fans and 200 media representatives from six continents.
Pochettino is on a 10-man list alongside some of the best managers in the world, including Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Claudio Ranieri from the Premier League.
Chris Coleman, Didier Deschamps and Fernando Santos are also included following their successes with their national teams at the European Championships.
Luis Enrique, Diego Simeone and Zinedine Zidane are the final managers shortlisted and represent the three major teams in Spanish football of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
FIFA announced their 10-man shortlist on their official Twitter account.
— #BeachSoccerWC 🏖🇵🇾 (@FIFAcom) November 2, 2016
Arsenal supporters voiced their frustration about Wenger’s snub from the list and feel he warranted a place ahead of Pochettino.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Why is Wenger not included and Pochettino is? I thought Arsenal finished above Tottenham last season!
— Kush (@Avram44) November 2, 2016
Can someone give me a reasonable explanation as to why Jurgen Klopp and Pochettino are on the 10 man shortlist for the best manager ?
— Arsenal (@ffarsenalfc) November 2, 2016
FIFA Awards are really controversial.. Klopp & Pochettino!! Smh.
— Edgar M MUKATA (@emmukata) November 2, 2016
This list is a joke, Klopp finished 8th with Liverpool and Pochettino's Spurs choked at the end of the season. https://t.co/RkNvdKmVlJ
— Abbas (@AbbasShabir) November 2, 2016
Spurs were involved in a title race last season with eventual champions Leicester, but fell away in the latter stages and were pipped to second-place by Arsenal.
The Gunners secured yet another top four finish and guaranteed their place in the Champions League, but did not enjoy much success in cup competitions.
Arsenal were knocked out by Sheffield Wednesday and Watford in the League Cup and FA Cup, while being eliminated from Europe by Spanish giants Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Spurs impressed fans last year with their attacking and high working philosophy, but Arsenal fans feel that Wenger has been over looked by FIFA.
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