With the surprise resignation of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane after his historic champions league win, we look at five men who could take over the Los Blancos from the great man.


1.       Antonio Conte:

The Italian tactician seems to be on the verge of being sacked by Chelsea after falling out with almost all the board members of the west London club. He won the premier league title and the FA Cup in his two-year tenure at the club. His confrontational and hard-edged style of the Italian would be a big jolt to the current squad but he is undoubtedly the best coach that is genuinely available.

 2.       Mauricio Pochettino:

Just a few days ago, it was an open secret that the Real Madrid board wanted to make him their next coach, but it seemed as though the job was Zizou’s for years to come and naturally it seemed a logical decision for Mauricio to sign an extension for Tottenham, little did he know that tables would turn so instantly. A few weeks back, it would have been a no-brainer but now Madrid will have to pay a large sum of money to secure the services of the Argentine. They have a history of spending the big bucks for players but it remains to be seen weather they would do the same for a manager.

 3.       Arsene Wenger:

 Currently the bookmakers favourite, the legendary Frenchman has made it clear that he has no intention to retire after 22 years at Arsenal. He’s one among the best available managers but let’s face it, he isn’t the Wenger of the old. He’s been linked to the Los Blanco’s numerous times in his career. He seems to be the most experienced of the lot and also has a similar game style to Zidane. With Florentino Perez being a big fan of the ex- arsenal manager, it seems as though his move to the Bernabeu is most likely to happen.

  4.       Massimiliano Allegri:

 Perhaps the least likely to take up the role at Madrid, simply because he has already agreed verbally that he would remain committed to Juventus. He’s undoubtedly one of the best tacticians in the world and also has been previously linked with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal but the lack of champions league football, it didn’t seem like an exciting enough challenge for him. That however wouldn’t be a problem at Madrid but Allegri doesn’t seem like a man who would back down from his word, but as seen in Zizou’s case nothing is impossible in football.

 5.       Joachim Low:

He’s undoubtedly one of the best managers in the world and the 2014 world cup is a testament to his success.  After this summer’s world cup, he might want a new challenge in his career and where better than the most successful club in Europe. The only problem might be that the club will have to wait until the end of the summer to get him and since there is a lot that goes behind putting together a team, Lowe might not seem to be just the right option at the moment.

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