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Who are the 3 favourites to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid?

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While Real Madrid might have managed to salvage what was the most dramatic of points away at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday night, it does not cover a string of issues behind the scenes at the Bernabéu.

Including opening their European adventure with a stunning 3-2 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk, Madrid also saw their unbeaten run come to a shock end against La Liga returners Cadiz.

Although a 3-1 win away at Barcelona in last weekend’s El Clásico might have managed to buy Zinedine Zidane some time in the Spanish capital, many feel that the French icon is on the verge of being given the boot by the Madrid hierarchy for a second time.

With another change in the Bernabéu dugout expected sooner rather than later, who are the three leading candidates with the bookies to replace Zidane in arguably football’s most lucrative hot seat?

Mauricio Pochettino – 7/4 with 888sport

While many thought that Mauricio Pochettino would be almost immediately snapped up after shockingly partying ways with Tottenham back in November 2019, the 48-year-old is still sat by his phone waiting for the right offer.

Although the one-time Southampton boss might have been linked with the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester United over the past 12 months, it appears that Real Madrid have moved into pole position and the Argentinian tactician is seen to be Los Blancos’ number one pick to take over from Zidane.

Helping guide Spurs to their first Champions League final before leaving North London under frosty circumstances, it was even reported last weekend by Spanish outlet El Transistor that Madrid have ‘made contact’ with Pochettino about potentially taking charge in the Spanish capital.

Raúl – 7/2 with Betfair

While one Real Madrid legend might be on his way out of the Bernabéu sooner rather than later, it appears that another one of Los Blancos’ most iconic names could be getting a promotion in the Spanish capital.

With bitter rivals Barcelona turning back to one of their former stars in the form of Ronald Koeman over the summer, it has been widely reported over the past week that Raúl is another target being contemplated by the Madrid hierarchy.

Likely to be an easy transition if they are to pick the former Spanish striker to replace Zidane, Raúl is already at the club as Castilla Head Coach and is certainly held in high regard behind the scenes by the likes of current skipper and former teammate, Sergio Ramos.

Massimiliano Allegri – 7/1 with Unibet

Much like Pochettino had after partying ways with Tottenham last year, many across Europe assumed that Massimiliano Allegri would quickly find himself with another top job across the continent after ending his five-year-stay at Juventus.

Still seen to be one of Europe’s top bosses, the former AC Milan Head Coach guided the Old Lady to five Serie A titles on the bounce and also helped Juve reach two Champions League finals.

Interestingly, this is not the first time that Allegri has been linked with a move to the Spanish giants. Speaking to Marca over the summer, the 53-year-old claimed that Madrid reached out to him about taking charge back in 2018 after Zidane left his first spell at the Bernabéu.

Reportedly now open to linking up with the European giants, could Allegri be the man to get Madrid back to their best?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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