Real Madrid have sacked their manager, Julen Lopetegui after just four and a half months in charge of the Spanish giants. He succeeded Zinedine Zidane to the hot seat in June, 2018 and have lost five games in the last six games. After the crushing 5-1 El Classico defeat to Barcelona this past week, it has been Real Madrid’s start to their La Liga campaign since 2001-03. They are currently 9th on the table and don’t currently look like doing any better. Managerial changes would also take time to adjust to new style and mindset.
For now, Santiago Solari, coach of B team Castilla is in charge of the Galacticos until they appoint a new manager. Lopetegui was sacked following a board meeting after a training session he took on Monday. The official statement of the club said “there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid” and “the results obtained to date”.
Currently, eight members of the Real squad are on the 30-man shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d’or with Modric leading. Madrid have won three champions league in a row which makes consecutive defeats like this unacceptable and simply not up to the standard of the best club in the world. Moreover, it is the second time Lopetegui has been sacked this year following his sacking as Spain manager two days before the Fifa World Cup, 2018.
There is no denying the fact that managing Real Madrid is one of the most difficult jobs in the footballing world with the standard and expectations you have to meet. Zidane took charge after Rafael Benitez was sacked in January 2016 and the Frenchman guided Real to three successive Champions League titles, before stepping down in May. Any manager who succeeds to the throne would have his work cut out for him if he wants to stick around for the long haul.
Raul is among the greatest strikers to play the game and a legend of Los Blancos. He is Real Madrid’s second highest scorer with 228 goals with six La Liga medals and three champions league medals. He recently completed his coaching classes and is currently working with one of Real’s youth teams. He might just get a chance like Zidane did especially when Real Madrid require someone to step up to at least redeem them of this poor start to the season.
The Italian is currently the favorite to replace Lopetegui in the long run. He has a superb track record of winning titles and is currently one of the best managers in the world. The Real dressing room is full of influential members such as Sergio Ramos and Marcelo which might make it a bit difficult for them considering his confrontational approach and strict training regime. Plus, he had a deteriorated relationship with Courtois who left Chelsea for Real Madrid. If he doesn’t get the Real job, player power might be one of the leading reasons.
Arsene Wenger is without a doubt one of the greatest managers in the premier league if not all time. He has been keen to get back to coaching and admitted that he was approached by the club during Arsenal’s glory days which seems like ages ago. Unlike Conte, he is one of those managers who does not like to criticize players which many Real Madrid players would like. He has been praised for his creative attacking tactics at Arsenal and with some great players at Real Madrid, he could lift them up once again after this difficult time.
This might seem like a long shot but not for the reason you’re probably thinking. Jose Mourinho is not having the best of seasons at Manchester United and his continuing woes with star players are something which the Madrid players wouldn’t be looking forward to. Sure, it will be a familiar face for a very few players and staff but the Portuguese says he is happy at Manchester United. Not sure, if the United fans are happy with this as no silverware was brought in last season. Furthermore, this season isn’t going as planned as well.
Roberto Martinez is by far the most underrated manager of the last decade. He has lifted the Champions League for Chelsea in a season which saw them finish 6th in the league. Flash forward a few years, he took Belgium to the semifinals of the Fifa World Cup with some incredible performances from players who did not do so well for their respective clubs. He would be my personal pick from the lot. He has proven to be good under pressure, and currently there is no hotter seat than the throne of Bernabeu.
The Tottenham boss is known for nurturing young talent and bring the best out of them at the biggest stage. With many senior players approaching the end of their careers or leaving the club, he is the best choice to replace Lopetegui at the Bernabeu. Sure, he lacks a bit in silverware so coming to Spain would demand a lot from the young Tottenham boss.
The fans are eager to find out who the next boss of the club is. It is a difficult lot to pick from but according to many sources, Conte and Pochettino are the favorites from the list.