Real Madrid’s stance on sacking Zinedine Zidane has emerged ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico showdown with Barcelona.
Zidane guided Real Madrid to the La Liga title ahead of both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid last season.
However, a disappointing start to the season has seen Los Blancos pick up just three wins from their opening five league outings (D1, L1).
Last weekend’s 1-0 home loss to newly-promoted Cadiz followed by an equally tormenting 3-2 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League has put Zidane’s job in jeopardy.
Although the Frenchman is not facing an imminent threat, the upcoming set of fixtures against Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach could determine his faith in the Spanish capital.
Several names have already popped up as the 48-year-old’s potential successors at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mauricio Pochettino, who is still out of work since terminating his deal with Tottenham in 2019, remains a plausible solution.
Ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is also in the running as well as the club icon Raul Gonzalez, currently at the helm of Real Madrid Castilla.
But, Zidane’s position is not at risk for the time being, as reported by Spanish outlet OkDiario.
The French legend will be in the dugout when Real Madrid take on Barcelona in a massive La Liga showdown on Saturday.
Los Blancos have suffered just one defeat in their previous four top-flight trips to Camp Nou (W1, D2), which could provide some comfort to the under-pressure manager.
A potential loss to arch-rivals, however, could prove fatal to Zidane’s hopes of retaining the managerial reins, as could a possible failure against Borussia Monchengladbach next week.