Marca’s headline on the front page: ‘No rush to name the successor’ gave the match a bit away on Friday morning.
Real Madrid has been caught taking a nap by Max Allegri who chose Juventus.
Florentino Perez’s failure to properly support Zinedine Zidane as a coach last season has cost the club its manager and now they need to find a replacement with one of the protagonists they talked to last season who has now signed up elsewhere.
Sportsmail looks at the possibilities.
Marca reported that Real Madrid is in no hurry to find a successor for Zinedine Zidane
Zindane (left) has retired as boss, but Madrid has not acted fast enough and now missed main target Max Allegri (right), who returns to Juventus
One of the reasons Zidane wanted to walk away was Madrid’s search for his replacement during the latest campaign.
Pochettino was a man the club was aiming for towards the end of 2020, when it looked like Madrid would be leaving the Champions League in the group stage.
Pochettino would have replaced Zidane the last time he retired had he not signed a long contract with Daniel Levy, making it impossible for him to get out of Tottenham.
He’s under contract again but it’s a short one with PSG and if they feel they can get Zidane, who has told Real Madrid players that he will coach next season if the right opportunity presents itself, then they can let him go .
Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to develop young players has made him attractive to Real Madrid
Poch has a fondness for Tottenham and London, but he also has a family home in Spain and when he is given the choice to go back to something he knows or take on a new challenge, the fear for Tottenham is that he will come up with something new. will go.
Would he be a success at Real Madrid? It’s a club where you have to win things and its track record in that division – including not winning Ligue 1 – isn’t great. But he is the master of building very good teams with young talented but still raw players.
At the moment Madrid is full of players with potential and the possibility that Pochettino will take Miguel Gutierrez, Eder Militao, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Martin Odegaard, Brahim Diaz, Take Kubo, Marvin Park, Sergio Arribas, Vinicius, Fede Valverde and Rodrygo and builds. a brilliant new team looks viable and exciting.
Madrid thinks the PSG boss can make the most of young, raw talent at the club, such as Vinicuis Jr.
Another candidate ticking the box ‘developing young players’ is club legend Raul, who narrowly failed to promote the club to Spain’s second tier last season.
Raul knows most of the above youngsters well and he won the UEFA Youth League with them last year.
The problem he has – and it’s a big one – is that President Perez is against the idea of promoting him now.
True legend Raul is currently leading the Castile side and is the fan favorite to take over
He is the fan favorite, but Perez doesn’t have to be too populist at this point as he has only just won an election to remain as president until 2025.
Raul is always referred to as another Vicente del Bosque in the making.
That doesn’t help either, Del Bosque was fired by Perez after winning the league in 2003.
They don’t really want to give him the job and saying he’s too inexperienced is the perfect excuse not to if they can find an alternative.
President Florentino Perez thinks Raul is too inexperienced and that enemies don’t want to promote him
Conte is the clear alternative to Pochettino and on the winning side, he beats him without a doubt.
There is a theory that he would be too disciplinary for the Real Madrid dressing room, but Perez never shied away from coaches willing to take on the players.
The last time Conte was on the list, Sergio Ramos went public with a thinly veiled veto. He said the club didn’t need a teacher – Carlo Ancelotti had proven it wasn’t necessary to be a tough guy in Madrid to win things.
Antonio Conte outperforms Pochettino in trophies and is available after leaving Inter Milan
But Ramos has little influence on who the new man is at this point. The captain is just weeks away from his contract and his battle for a two-year contract with the club instead of the one-year contract on the table is one he’s lost.
Conte likes to play with a back three and Madrid has the players to play that system, especially with the imminent arrival of David Alaba.
It would still feel like throwing a match at a fireworks factory to some at the club, but if Pochettino stays with PSG, that’s an option.
Sergio Ramos would probably object to the disciplinary Conte coming in, but he has little influence at the moment
Not only has he built an exciting youth squad at Real Sociedad, but when it came to the crunch in the promotional play-offs, he crossed the line and reached the second tier of Spanish football.
It was a huge achievement and one that Raul failed to achieve. Perez is a big fan of Alonso, but the 39-year-old coach is way too smart to take the job now.
He knows he will be offered the position again in the future. He has already turned down other clubs.
If he stays with Real Sociedad to test himself in Spain’s second division next season, that should be challenging enough.
Xabi Alonso (left) is a budding Real Madrid boss but wouldn’t take the job right now