Who will replace Zidane?

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The Guardian reports that Real Madrid have identified Mauricio Pochettino as the principal candidate to take over as manager after Zinedine Zidane’s surprise decision announced yesterday. Tottenham, however, are adamant the Argentinian’s new contract does not contain a clause that allows him to join the triple European champions.

In the meantime The Telegraph analysis who are the possible contenders for the post. “The job is an unusual proposition for a few reasons. Firstly, new managers are almost always tasked with restoring a team who have fallen below expectations – that is not the case with a team who have won four Champions Leagues in five seasons.  Secondly, the new man will need to be deferential to the club’s unique politics and culture, led by President Florentino Pérez.”

Apart from Pochettino, other names floated so far include Massimiliano Allegri, Arsene Wenger, Guti, Antonio Conte, Joachim Low and Maurizio Sarri.

Sources include: The Telegraph, Reuters, Paddypower and Betfair

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