In a shock overnight move, Zinedene Zidane has left his post as Real Madrid manager. This comes despite winning a third successive UEFA Champions League at the weekend. Taking over for Zidane is a daunting task and he leaves a very successful legacy to live up to, so no pressure on whoever replaces him. With that in mind the Ladbrokes Blog decided to take a look at some of the best options to take over at the Bernabeu. All of these suggestions are 100% serious and are done with no tongue in cheek motives whatsoever.
Perhaps the best available manager on the market right now, Real Madrid just might decide to pounce on the 68 year old Frenchman. After all, he is just out of a 22 year relationship in England, so a year or two abroad in Spain might be the perfect rebound.
While he may have just signed a new deal with Tottenham, Pochettino is one of the leading options to replace Zidane. If his agent knows what he was doing there would be a clause in that extension giving him an out if a club like Real Madrid came calling. Not to mention he would love to get that winning feeling back after four trophyless seasons with Tottenham.
After a year out of the game, it would make El Classico matchups that little bit more intriguing if Real were managed by a former Barca man. His record of two league titles, four Spanish cups, a Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup certainly stacks up with the best and he might just give Real that edge in the title race. Not to mention the whole “former Madrid player” angle that will surely go down well.
There are plenty of egos in that Real Madrid dressing room and Allardyce might be one of the few people who has enough self-confidence to challenge those players. All you really need to know is this gem from him in 2010, “I’m not suited to Bolton or Blackburn, I would be more suited to Internazionale or Real Madrid. It wouldn’t be a problem to me to go and manage those clubs because I would win the Double or the league every time.” Really it would be a disservice to the Madrid fans if he was not given a chance.
Already with big club experience after his time with Paris Saint-Germain, Blanc was touted as a possible Arsenal manager. One slight issue with Blanc is the fact he never made it past the quarter finals of the Champions League and that obviously would not be good enough for a club that has just won three straight.
Real Madrid have had plenty of managers, with 14 this millennium and going through seven in the last decade alone, so eventually they may have to re-hire a former employee. Ancleotti actually had a decent spell at the club, winning just under 75% of his games in his two year span plus a Copa del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup. Why not bring him back and give him another crack at that league title? After all, that first stint wasn’t all bad was it?
Two words are all that is needed to describe why this appointment would work: sideline dancing.
It would just be fitting that days or even weeks after defeating Liverpool in the Champions League Final, Real Madrid also took Liverpool’s highly touted manager just for an extra kick. Klopp is unlikely to leave Anfield having built a side to get them to the Champions League Final but it would just be hilarious if that happened.
Despite teasing that he may leave the club in the aftermath of the Champions League Final, this would be one way to keep the five time Ballon d’Or winner happy. After all, he is technically 1-0 coaching Portugal in the Euro 2016 final
Already part of the footballing world with his minority stake in Liverpool, LeBron has done an excellent job playing and coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for four straight years. Maybe a change of scenery is just what he needs. Not to mention he could probably be useful for a few minutes every year.
He may already be looking up how to translate some of his more famous quotes into Spanish, starting with “My biggest mentor is myself because I’ve had to study and that’s been my biggest influence.” Yep Rodgers to Real can only end in joy for everyone.