With Real Madrid in crisis mode, recent reports have surfaced that manager Julen Lopetegui will soon be axed. Briefly.co.za looks at the top contenders to be appointed as his successor.
3. Arsene Wenger
It’s easy to see the link between the former Arsenal FC manager to Los Blancos.
Firstly, his availability would see a less challenging succession plan. Secondly, he is renowned for building teams on a foundation of beautiful and intricate football.
Finally, with 22 years of experience in his last role at the Gunners, he’d bring with him, loyalty and experience.
Briefly.co.za also understands that Real Madrid have offered the position to Wenger in the past but the Frenchman declined due to his loyalty to Arsenal.
2. Mauricio Pochettino
The Spaniard was reportedly courted by Madrid previously but his commitment to the Tottenham project has been unwavering thus far.
It seems the Galacticos have long been admirers of Pochettino based on the wonders he’s performed at Tottenham on a shoe-string budget.
Regular top 4 finishes, development of youth prospects and an attractive brand of football are all qualities he boasts on his CV.
1. Antonio Conte
The Italian is widely regarded as a serial winner and is 1 of the most decorated former players to have stepped into management.
Having dominated the Serie A with Juventus for multiple seasons, he also achieved a league triumph for Chelsea in his debut EPL season.
Conte was also praised for his successful stint as head coach of the Italian national team.
The major concern for the hierarchy at the Bernabeu would be his final days at the Blues.
Widespread reports indicated fall-outs with star players. In addition to this, Conte is more known for his pragmatic footballing style as opposed to the cavalier football demanded by the Madrid faithful.
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