After winning pretty much everything there was – including three Champions League on the trot, Zinedine Zidane finally quit as Real Madrid manager. His departure means Madrid are on the lookout for a new manager who will have to maintain the lofty standards set by the French legend.
The next manager will be tasked with continuing Madrid’s European dominance while also asserting their presence in the La Liga. Here is a look at three suitable candidates for the job.
One manager around whom there has been a lot of speculation is Antonio Conte. The Chelsea manager could be an ideal replacement for Zidane, with his preferred 3-5-2 formation sure to do wonders at the Bernabeu. While Conte’s future at Chelsea has been cast in doubt, a move to Madrid could help him get his mojo back.
Conte is no stranger to managing big players, as he has enough experience of managing big teams like Juventus, Chelsea as well as the Italian national team. The move could define a fresh era at the Bernabeu.
Another suitable candidate to take over the mantle at Madrid is Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has delivered well during his time at Tottenham and has stabilised a very youthful team. Under his tutelage, players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen have all flourished and he could be the perfect man for Madrid.
His ability to nourish youngsters could bode well for players such as Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic, who are in line to take over control from the likes of Ronaldo, Modric and co. in the future. If Madrid wish to build a new team, Pochettino is the right man for the job.
A decision that would no doubt shake the Bernabeu faithful, Arsene Wenger could be a wildcard entry as the manager of Madrid. He is free after his long tenure at the Emirates came to an end and a stint at Madrid could maybe work wonders for his style of football. Better players, better management and a strong work ethic could rub off on the players.
Wenger would, however, obviously, be an unpopular move and Perez would be taking a big risk by bringing him. All said and done, Wenger will not be afforded the long rope that he was provided at Arsenal and this could maybe galvanise him to manage better.