Real Madrid is ‘in no hurry’ to name Zinedine Zidane’s successor with Mauricio Pochettino’s favorite
Real Madrid is ‘in no hurry’ to name Zinedine Zidane’s successor with Pochettino, Conte, Raul and Xabi Alonso leading the way to become their new manager after the French lost confidence in President Florentino Perez and stepped down
Real Madrid ‘will not rush to appoint Zinedine Zidane’s successor’ after the manager’s second spell at Bernabeu ended on Thursday.
Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Raul and Xabi Alonso will all appear on Real’s shortlist to succeed the Frenchman, but the club is not immediately looking for an appointment.
Unsurprisingly, Zidane’s exit, which was released during Wednesday night’s Europa League final but confirmed by the club on Thursday, is dominating the front pages of Spanish sports newspapers.
According to Marca, Real Madrid is in no hurry to appoint Zinedine Zidane’s successor
Zinedine Zidane ended his second spell as Real Madrid manager earlier this week
Zidane has led Real twice in the past five years, winning three Champions Leagues
Brand have a montage honoring Zidane’s trophy-winning performance during his second tenure as Real’s manager.
He led the club to three Champions League successes, two league titles (including last season), two European Super Cup wins and two FIFA Club World Cup triumphs, all of which are pictured.
“Don’t be in a hurry to get a successor,” read the headline on the cover of Friday’s edition. They quote the club’s brief official announcement saying ‘now is the time to respect its decision’ before listing the four possible replacements.
Zidane had long felt he had lost the support of Florentino Perez and it was telling that there was no tribute from the club president in the statement.
Real were taken to the LaLiga title by city rival Atletico last weekend and were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals by Chelsea to end the season with no cutlery.
Diario AS choose to throw things forward and focus on who will be Zidane’s successor with a collage on the candidates’ front page.
One man dropped from the list is Massimiliano Allegri, who is on the cusp of rejoining Juventus as a summer merry-go-round kicks off in Europe.
Reports that Pochettino is not happy at Paris Saint-Germain and wants to return to Tottenham are also gaining momentum.
Friday’s Diario AS front focuses on Zidane’s four potential successors – Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Raul and Xabi Alonso
Zidane was always expected to leave this summer amid tension with Florentino Perez (right)
Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with Real job amid reports he’s unhappy at PSG
Antonio Conte is on the market following his shocking exit from Inter Milan after their title win
AS say Pochettino “ prefers to replace him, ” but Perez may need to move quickly to keep the Argentinian from accepting a sentimental return to North London.
Former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea manager Conte is suddenly available after he retired from Inter Milan on Wednesday, just days after leading them to their first Serie A title in ten years.
Club legend Raul is currently in charge of Real Madrid Castilla, the reserve team, and despite his inexperience is said to be a popular appointment with fans.
Likewise Alonso, who played in Real’s midfield for five years between 2009 and 2014. He is only 39 and the current boss of Real Sociedad’s B team.
About in Barcelona, Sports world also lead with Zidane’s exit, imagining himself looking bleak and gloomy next to the headline ‘he’s going (again)’.
They report that Pochettino is the favorite to take over as Real tries to return to the top of both Spanish and European football.
Mundo Deportivo went with a bleak photo of Zidane and the headline: ‘He quits (again)’