Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is among the nominees for the 2019 Coaching Moment of the Year awards.
Klopp has been recognised for his orchestration of the Champions League semi-final, the comeback in which his side overturned a three-goal deficit against Spanish giants, Barcelona. The victory was among one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history and led to the eventual crowing of Liverpool as European Champions.
Other notable nominees include England’s, Gareth Southgate. The manager was put up for the way he responded to the racism in England’s Euro qualifier against Bulgaria. The England head coach was praised for his decision making and leadership shown in the way he supported his players and staff.
Outside of football, Klopp and Southgate are accompanied by John Blackie, who was instrumental in leading Dina Asher-Smith to her medals in Doha. The pair have been together since Asher-Smith was just eight years old and she refers to him as her ‘second dad’. Together they have conquered the athletics world and 2019 was no different.
Elsewhere on team GB Mel Marshall, Adam Peaty’s coach was nominated. The pair who have been together since Peaty was 15 dominated the swimming world in 2019. This year Peaty broke his own world record in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 56.88, then later went on to retain his gold title in the 50m breaststroke.
The winner will be decided by a public vote and will be announced on the 5th of December.
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