Amid rumors Real Madrid are considering Zidane’s future, it’s time to check out who the bookmakers think could replace him.
A shock Champions League defeat on Tuesday has left Zinedine Zidane’s future in doubt. Real Madrid are at risk of a group-stage exit, as they trail Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach with only a game left.
The 13-time winners were left for dust in a 2-0 loss to Shakhtar in Ukraine. It was their second successive defeat, having lost 2-1 to Alaves in LaLiga over the weekend.
Valuable ground has now been lost in the LaLiga and Champions League campaigns, convincing Real Madrid that an ‘important decision’ over their coach’s future beckons.
According to Marca, the club board no longer trust Zidane like they once did, and may take action before the end of the year.
The upcoming games against Sevilla, Gladbach, and Atletico Madrid will reportedly be decisive for the Frenchman’s future. That leaves him until December 12 to prove himself if the report is correct.
Pochettino is the favorite
Should Zidane leave the Bernabeu, Mauricio Pochettino is Betfair’s favorite to succeed him.
The former Tottenham boss has been out of work since his dismissal in November 2019. Various clubs, such as Manchester United and even Barcelona, have been linked with him. But as it stands, nothing has ever materialized.
But Betfair are convinced Pochettino will be the hot favorite to replace Zidane, pricing him at 2.0. Taking over at Real Madrid will be a big ask for the Argentine, who hasn’t won anything as a manager yet. He’ll need patience from the club board to deliver, which is something they’re not famous for – especially president Florentino Perez.
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But Pochettino did transform Spurs into a top-four outfit in the Premier League and even led them to the Champions League final in 2018/19, despite a very limited transfer budget.
Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, who like Pochettino has been out of work for over a year, is looking pretty handy at 4.0 himself. As is club legend Raul, who currently coaches the Castilla team, at 4.5.
Arsene Wenger, who famously turned down the job during his 22-years as Arsenal manager, is also in the running at 13.0
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