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Six contenders who could replace Zidane as Real Madrid coach

  • Published at 11:28 am June 1st, 2018

Real Madrid are in the market for a new manager.

Zinedine Zidane has left his post at Los Blancos after more than two years at La Liga giants.

The Frenchman recently led his former club to a third consecutive Champions League trophy with a 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev, Ukraine.

But it appears a third-place finish in the league proved to be the 45-year-old's demise.

Zidane's remarkable achievements won't have gone unnoticed and there will be a host of clubs likely lining up to sign the boss.

However, that won't be a concern for Real Madrid who are looking for a replacement.

Here are six candidates...

Arsene Wenger

He's out of a job and he absolutely knows what he's doing. Who better take charge of Los Blancos than one of the world's most experienced managers? From Wenger's point of view, it would present one last big job for him before retiring.

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has been heavily linked with leaving Chelsea this summer. The FA Cup win will let the Italian sign off with a sense of pride. No doubt his fiery touchline personality would very much be welcomed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joachim Loew

After more than 10 years in charge of Germany, Joachim Loew may want a change of scene. Of course the German would wait until after the World Cup before moving on. He's a proven winner and trusts in youth. A methodical manager who has the grit to succeed at Real.


Guti is Real Madrid's U19 coach. Given the success of the Frenchman - who was Castilla's coach before his promotion - Real may decide to repeat their process of hiring within. The Spaniard also has the advantage of being a former Real Madrid player, having played in the first team for 15 seasons.

Mauricio Pochettino

Just seven days removed from signing a contract extension at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino would be an ambitious target. But Florentino Perez has admired the Argentinian for some time, with the former Espanyol boss never ruling out moving to the Bernabeu one day. The new contract may just mean Spurs are able to demand a greater compensation fee, rather than prevent the move entirely.

Massimiliano Allegri

Perhaps an outsider for the job, having just verbally committed himself to the Juventus project. Massimiliano Allegri however, is clearly one of the best tacticians working in the game at the moment, and was open to both the Arsenal and Chelsea jobs. Neither of those eventually appealed due to their lack of Champions League football. Clearly that wouldn’t be an issue at Madrid, but it’s difficult to see such a classy operator go back on his word and walk out of Turin. As we’ve seen on Thursday though, anything is possible in football.

* the article is published by Mirror and Onefootball

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