4 Potential Candidates to Replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Arjun Singh Devgan
Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez has been linked with the managerial post following Zinedine Zidane's departure
Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez has been linked with the managerial post following Zinedine Zidane's departure / Angel Martinez/Getty Images

French legend, Zinedine Zidane left his post as manager of Real Madrid for the second time earlier this week, following a trophyless season after missing out on the LaLiga title to Atletico Madrid on the final day of the campaign.

Having won a historic three successive Champions League titles in his first spell at the club, the Frenchman guided the Los Blancos to last year’s La Liga title but he leaves the club with an ageing squad that requires renovation and investment.

In light of his resignation, here we take a look at his possible replacements.

1. Raul Gonzalez

Raul Gonzalez
Real Madrid Castilla v Talavera de la Reina - Segunda Division B / Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Raul Gonzalez who is a club legend and one of their greatest players is currently the manager of Madrid's Castilla side, guiding the the club’s Under-19 side to the UEFA Youth League crown in 2020.

The Spaniard's name has been put forward as the favourite, considering that he is familiar with the working of the club and the young players coming in and his status as a club legend would also go down well with the supporters.

2. Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino
Stade Brestois v Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1 / John Berry/Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino's name has come up off late with reports emerging that the Argentinian is unhappy with life at Paris Saint-Germain and is understood to be looking for a move away from the French capital.

Pochettino has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur, though the Los Blancos are known to be big admirers of his methods and he could just be the outside choice for the role.

3. Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte
FC Internazionale Milano v Udinese Calcio - Serie A / Mattia Ozbot/Getty Images

One of the best managers in the world at present, Antonio Conte is currently available after leaving Inter Milan despite leading them to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

The Italian knows how to win and has been courted by Madrid in the past, but is known for his combustible nature - having fallen out with the owners of Juventus, Chelsea and Inter during his career.

It will be interesting to see if the Los Blancos make for a move for him as he is being linked with a number of jobs elsewhere.

4. Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri
Juventus v AS Roma - Italian Serie A / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Maurizio Sarri has been out of work ever since being sacked by Juventus in the summer of 2020 despite guiding them to the Serie A title. The Italian is known for his attractive type of football, and has also been impressive in spells with Napoli and Chelsea.