The 19th UEFA Club Coaches Forum took place in Nyon, specifically at UEFA’s headquarters on Wednesday afternoon.
The forum was chaired by former Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
UEFA took advantage of the FIFA International calendar to assemble coaches of the top European clubs and other achieved coaches to exchange ideas on the major issues affecting European Club Competitions as well as to discuss and recommend proposals to the European Football body that may be beneficial to the growth of the sport in Europe.
A number of Europe’s leading coaches have been invited and among those who will attend, are:
Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus FC), Rafael Benítez (Newcastle United FC), Eduardo Berizzo (Sevilla FC), Sergio Conceição (FC Porto), Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain), Bruno Génésio (Olympique Lyonnais), Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco FC), José Mourinho (Manchester United FC), Maurizio Sarri(SSC Napoli), Ernesto Valverde (FC Barcelona), Rui Vitoria (SL Benfica) and Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid CF).
On the same day, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin will also hold a round table discussion with former players in Nyon (11.00-13.00). Players in attendance include Xabi Alonso, Deco, Leonardo, Peter Schmeichel, Clarence Seedorf, Dejan Stanković, David Trezeguet and Javier Zanetti. The meeting will offer the opportunity to hear the opinion of the main actors of the game on a wide range of topics in the domains of competition rules, laws of the game, football promotion, education and post-football activities.
Two separate mixed zones with former players and coaches will be organised at 13.00 and 18.30 respectively, and a press conference will follow the event at approximately 18.45 to review the topics discussed during the day.
Notable absentees were Pep Guardiola ( Manchester City), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Carlo Ancelotti ( Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspurs) and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal who missed out of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in so many years.
Wenger was a member of the founding group of the Elite Coaches forum in 1999.
Credit : UEFA