Real Madrid’s potential manager shortlist to replace Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid’s potential manager shortlist to replace Julen Lopetegui

Following Julen Lopetegui’s predictable sacking, Briefly.co.za assesses the shortlist of eligible coaches on Real Madrid’s wishlist.

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The former Madrid manager was sacked on Monday following Sunday’s 5-1 mauling at the hands of arch-rivals Barcelona.

Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentine and Madrid seem like the perfect fit in many ways.

The current Tottenham coach speaks Spanish fluently. He’s also played and managed in La Liga as well.

His remarkable ability to maximise the potential of youth players, while improving established ones means that he could make the most of the available resources at Los Blancos.

Rumours turned into strong links following Pochettino’s recent comments revealing his frustrations at White Hart lane.

The main stumbling block would be the long term contract extension he signed recently – which would result in Madrid having to pay a hefty compensation fee to Tottenham.

Antonio Conte

The Italian is a serial winner and boasts the most silverware on this list.

He’s won league and cup titles in Italy and England and is immediately available as well.

The key negative is his fall from grace at Chelsea. Aside from the lower league position, numerous reports surfaced on fall-outs with star players.

The Madrid club president would be weary of appointing a manager that could potentially alienate their big names.

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Arsene Wenger

The Frenchman offers similar qualities to Pochettino – loyalty to a noble project, a believer in attractive football and the ability to make the most of a shoe-string budget.

While the Galacticos are renowned for block-buster deals, attracting the biggest and best stars, there’s been a more circumspect approach in recent years.

Wenger would bring his wealth of experience to the Bernabeu and his soft approach could make him a favourite among the players.

Another who is unemployed and immediately available.

Santiago Solari

The least glamorous name on the shortlist but Solari should definitely not be written off at all.

In his favour is the fact that he already knows the club inside and out – he played for Real 131 times and is the current reserve team coach.

Let’s not forget Madrid opted to promote Zinedine Zidane from reserve to head coach and the move worked spectacularly.

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