Look who Wayne Rooney voted for as his coach of the year

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney's votes for Mourinho
Rooney's votes for Mourinho

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has offered up a public show of admiration for Jose Mourinho, after voting for the sacked Chelsea boss as his FIFA Coach of the Year.

As part of the FIFA Ballon d'Or event, international team managers and captains have a chance to vote of their players and manager of the year, which often throws up some intriguing nominations.

Rooney's decision to pick Mourinho will be viewed by some as evidence that he is a big admirer of the coach who has been heavily linked with replacing Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in recent weeks. 

The United skipper voted for Mourinho as coach of the year, with pep Guardiola in second place and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli in third spot.

Rooney named Messi as his Player of the Year, with Thomas Muller - a player United tried to sign in 2015 - placed as ahead of his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in his voting.

England boss Roy Hodgson voted for Ronaldo as his Player of the Year, with Messi and Chelsea's Eden Hazard in second and third spot.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill voted for Messi as a leading player of the year, while his captain Robbie Keane voted for Ronaldo to take the top prize.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill failed to have his votes entered into the Ballon d'Or vote, as his nominations and that of his skipper Steven Davis were not submitted in time to be included in what is an embarrassing administrative error for the IFA.

FIFA revealed that it sent out a reminder email before the ballot closed, but the IFA did not respond.

“The online votes were recorded before the deadline," said a FIFA spokesmen. "However, the original documents with the signatures were not received on time. We needed to have it, because only then are the votes valid.” 

Germany coach Joachim Low didn’t pick any of the three short-listed candidates. Bayern Munich shot-stopper Manuel Neuer was his number one choice, followed by Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos.