Real Madrid Managerial Situation
With ex-Spain boss Julen Lopetgui’s days looking numbered at the Bernabeu following a pretty poor start to the season, to put it mildly and currently reside in 7th in La Liga as things stand. Also losing the clubs all-time top scorer, surely doesn’t help but winless in 5 games, coinciding with the longest run without scoring in their history looks to have spelled the beginning of the end of his tenure.
Let’s take a look at some candidates who could be in line for the extremely pressurized role:
1. Arsene Wenger – Currently out of work and recently stating he could be ready to return to the dugout in 2019, the Frenchman will no doubt be on the list of many top under-performing clubs. Has long been admired from the hierarchy in the Spanish capital but many feel his best days could be past him. Also, going from a position of total control and relative comfort at the Emirates to the boiling cauldron in Madrid could be seen as too much of a contrast for the 68 year old at this stage.
2. Antonio Conte – Like Wenger, also out of the job since departing the Premier League, the Italian would come across as probably the strongest candidate on the market at the moment. Has won trophies previously, albeit league titles not in European competition which Los Blancos clearly obsess with, he does have that winning mentality needed to succeed at elite level. The only potential blot on his copy book could be his preferred style of play, and intensity towards defensive work. Many feel that Zidane succeeded at Real Madrid because of his man management style, keeping them onside and giving them freedom to express themselves which could be argued is the opposite of Conte’s intense, structured work.
3. Guti – The club legend, currently employed by Besiktas as assistant manager, would be seen as a continuation of the promoting of “one of their own” to the hot seat, similar to the Pep Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane transitions that have happened previously. Guti has already been relatively successful at the Real Madrid under-19’s and strengthens his hand in terms of understanding the clubs DNA and being that ‘legend’ could command the respect needed.
4. Mauricio Pochettino – having battled arch enemies Barcelona both on and off the field for Espanyol, the Argentinian would already have many of the Madrid fans onside due to his intense rivalry and history. Real Madrid’s recent recruitment strategy of hoovering up the best young talent around would suit “Poch” and his philosophy like a glove. He is heavily praised for his developing of young talents and having arguably the best at his disposal would be very tempting for a man who’s built his reputation on taking these talents to the next level while working on a relatively tight budget. And with the updated Santiago Bernabeu on the horizon, Pochettino could find himself in a similar position to how he finds himself now - the farcical developing of “The New White Hart Lane” affecting his recruitment - if he were to take the reins at helm of the Champions League holders,