Next Real Madrid Manager – Runners and Riders
Zinedine Zidane has stunned the footballing world by stepping down as Real Madrid manager, creating perhaps the most coveted vacancy in club football.
Speculation has already begun as to who will step into the Real Madrid hotseat. Here, we take a look at some of the contenders…
Could Arsene Wenger’s long management career have a stunning final chapter? Over his 22 years at Arsenal, the Frenchman was constantly linked with the job and would surely be unable to resist taking on such a big challenge. He’s available and could be a great stop-gap appointment for Madrid if they can’t secure other targets this summer.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting young managers in European football, could Poch be tempted to throw himself into the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Bernabau? His star is in the ascendency but he only recently signed a new long-term contract with Spurs, who will fight tooth and nail to keep their man.
The right job at just the right time? With Conte thought to be unhappy at Stamford Bridge, the stars may have aligned for the fiery Italian to move to the Champions League winners as he considers his next move. A serial winner in Italy and England, he will be tempted to complete a rare treble of European titles.
The highly-regarded former Napoli coach has been heavily linked with Conte’s job, but could this opening put a spanner in the works to scupper Sarri’s arrival in West London? He would surely want to keep a potential offer from Los Blancos on the table before committing to the Blues.
The Spanish giants lucked out with a legendary player last time round, could they potentially be tempted to repeat the trick with another? Whilst Guti doens’t quite have the profile of Zizou, he has earned his coaching stripes at youth level with Real Madrid’s youth sides.
The Arsenal job reportedly didn’t prove enough of a lure for the Juve head coach, but if he wants a hot favourite when it comes to securing his first Champions League trophy, a move to Madrid may well prove far harder to resist.