From Antonio Conte to Massimiliano Allegri: 5 possible candidates to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane has parted ways with Real Madrid for the second time after a low-grade performance this season, finishing trophyless. With some big names in line to replace him at Santiago Bernabéu, we present five possible ones.
The football fraternity is in shock after Zinedine Zidane decided to part ways with Real Madrid, bringing an end to his below-par second spell at Santiago Bernabéu. The Los Blancos failed to win a single title this season, leading the management to look beyond the Frenchman.
Consequently, numerous big names have already started to do rounds to replace him. In the same light, we look at the five possible candidates who could replace Zidane as the manager at Madrid.
The German head coach has been in the headlines of late as he is all set to step down from the national duties following the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020, while former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick would replace him. Although it is not clear yet if Löw would contemplate hanging his boots right away or manage a club, he is undoubtedly a favourite for the Madrid job. The 61-year-old has tons of experience with him, having worked with numerous clubs before and could change the fortunes of Los Blancos if he decides to step foot at Santiago Bernabéu.
The Argentine manager has had an average start to his stint in Paris Saint-Germain. Despite winning a couple of titles, he has failed to lead the side to Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League glory. Although his job in Paris does not seem to be under threat right now, he would be licking his fingers at the lucrative career in Madrid. Least to say, the pressure at the Spanish capital would be even more significant than the French capital, considering that failing to win any meaningful trophy could lead to his ouster. Although he is a great manager indeed, not having enough titles in his resume could be a concern.
The Italian is currently in the news as he seems set to be going back to Juventus to replace Andrea Pirlo. However, with the Madrid post vacant, Allegri could well eye the role. Having won numerous titles as a manager with AC Milan and Juventus, along with loads of experience, he could undoubtedly lead Los Blancos to success. However, his limitation of having managed just Italian sides to date could be a worry.
The Spanish and Madrid legend is already managing the U-19 side of Real Madrid as the caretaker manager. Although he lacks enough experience to work with a club like the size and magnitude of Madrid, it would not entirely be an uphill task for him, as he knows the club inside-out, having played for it for 16 seasons. He has been associated with the side's youth team since 2018 and has been doing a decent job, which proves that he has the faith of the management and could be worth taking the risk.
The Italian happens to be the favourite to land in the role. Despite having managed Inter Milan to Serie A title glory this season, he surprisingly parted ways with the side owing to a disagreement with the club management and hierarchies. Meanwhile, multiple reports have suggested that he is already in talks with Madrid and is likely to land in the role ahead. Having had success in Italy and England, Conte would surely fancy his chances in Spain, and starting it with a big club like Madrid would be ideal for his career.
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