Guardiola candidate for Manager of the Year
Pep Guardiola has been chosen by FIFA and France Football as a candidate for the 2010 Manager of the Year award, alongside Vicente del Bosque and José Mourinho.
As well as the unprecedented success
of the three Masia trained candidates for the Player of the Year award
, Barça also received recognition in the manager’s category, with Guardiola joining
Spain’s Vicente del Bosque and ex-Inter boss José Mourinho, now at Real Madrid.
After the historic 2009 that saw Barça lift six titles, Guardiola
showed himself more than capable of maintaining the team’s level with an ambitious and
winning group of players who took the Spanish Super Cup and the Spanish League with a stunning 99
points, to make it 8 out of a possible 10 titles won over two seasons.
This is the first time that FIFA and France Football have made a Manager
of the Year award, but since taking over at the club in the summer of 2008, Guardiola has already
taken the Miguel Muñoz award given to the best Spanish manager in 2009 and 2010, the Premi Don
Balón 2009, Onze d’Or 2009 and been voted the best manager of 2009 by the International
Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).