Former Sherwood rival believes he should be on coach of the year list

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The Benfica boss clashed with Tottenham and their then manager Tim Sherwood last season.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus is feeling hard done by after being snubbed for Fifa's Coach of the Year shortlist.

The 60-year-old fell out with former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood during last season's Europa League tie, after the Benfica manager held up three fingers to Sherwood to signify his side's 3-1 scoreline over the Londoners at the end of the game at White Hart Lane.

At the time Sherwood said of his counterpart: “I’ve got respect for the football club and I’ve got respect for his players. I have got no respect for the man.”

And despite Benfica being knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage, and then losing on penalties to Sevilla in the final of the Europa League, the Portuguese giants cleaned up on the domestic front, winning the league for the first time in four years as well as both domestic cups. 

Such form, Jesus feels, was enough to warrant his inclusion on the list of football's most successful coaches for the past year.

"Some weren't in the European finals, some weren't even domestic champions," the Benfica manager said of the list.

"I don't know the criteria used for this choice.

"If I did, I would have a better-informed opinion, but I have noticed that there are some on the list who achieved less than I did.

"I couldn't help looking to see what some of them did not win.

"If you ask whether I wanted to be there, then I would say yes, it would have been a recognition of my work."

Two of the people Jesus might be targeting could be Premier League duo Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, with his Portuguese compatriot included despite failing to win at trophy on his return to Stamford Bridge, and the Manchester United boss recognised for getting the Dutch to third place at the World Cup. Former Spurs star Jurgan Klinsmann is also nominated for helping the US to qualify for the knockout stages in Brazil.

Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich), Joachim Low (Germany), Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina) and Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) were also named on the shortlist announced on Wednesday.

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