Next Real Madrid Manager Betting Odds - Who Leads The Race?
Following his rather controversial appointment in the summer, Real Madrid have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui after just four and a half months in charge of Los Blancos.
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The former Spain national manager was named as the man to replace Bernabeu legend Zinadine Zidane who announced his departure as Spain prepared for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And just before the competition had got underway, on the 12th June, Madrid officially announced his appointment as manager on their website.
Considering the position he was in at the time, it was without doubt a hugely selfish act from Perez and Madrid to go ahead and approach, let alone appoint, the man who was tasked with bringing World Cup glory back to Spain. The announcement came with just days to spare before Spain got their World Cup campaign underway, and in response to this news Lopetegui was sent home and was replaced by former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
If the departure of Zidane came as shock, then the appointment of the then current National team coach right before a major tournament was the icing on the cake. It perfectly demonstrated the selfish and inconsiderate manner in which Madrid and Perez went about this, and as he had agreed to join and would link up with Madrid following the World Cup, then why not wait to announce his appointment? It seems the needs of the club were greater than that of the National team, who would have been sent in to turmoil by losing the man who had been in charge for the past two years, and their campaign in qualifying for Russia. Given that he had signed a new contract less than a month before, the players would have been quite entitled to wonder exactly what had gone through his mind.
Following their decline down the La Liga table, Perez decided enough was enough following the 5-1 humiliation at Barcelona. Without the injured Lionel Messi, many wondered how Barca faired against their fierce rivals, but a Suarez hat-trick ensured they were swept aside with ease, and ultimately sealed the fate of Lopetegui.
Poor results at home, as well as a goal drought that saw them go over 5 hours without scoring, meant the pressure had already been building on Lopetegui, and ultimately paid the price for such a poor run of form. He leaves with Madrid languishing in 9th place in La Liga, 7 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, and having lost 4 games already out of 10 played in La Liga.
Who Leads The Race?
Attentions now turn to who could replace him in the Spanish capital. So, who is in the running according to the bookies?
Mauricio Pochettino – 6/4 Fav
Having been reported to have been approached before Lopetegui was appointed, current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino find his name in the frame once again. With Spurs failing to sign anybody in the summer and still waiting to move into their new stadium due to delays, Pochettino could well have his head turned. This could become more understandable if reports that Madrid are willing to double his wages in order to land the former Southampton gaffer.
Roberto Martinez – 2/1
Another name that has emerged from numerous reports in that of current Belgium manager and former Everton boss Roberto Martinez. Martinez took Belgium to the World Cup Semi-Final, where they were beaten by eventual champions France. He secured them the 3rd place spot at the expense of England, and given he has lost Thierry Henry to Monaco recently, could be tempted by the challenge of managing one of the biggest clubs in Spain, Europe and the world.
Antonio Conte – 9/1
Another name that has been mentioned as to be in the frame is former Chelsea and Italy manager Antonio Conte, who would be an easier and less strenuous appointment given that he has no current job having left Chelsea in the summer.
Jose Mourinho – 12/1
Former Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho could be another possibility, and given the hardships and struggles he is currently enduring at Manchester United, a second stint in Madrid could well be the escape out of Old Trafford he needs given the ever-tensing relationship he has with the United hierarchy.
A Big Task
Pochettino currently leads the running to replace Lopetegui, but given their current struggles and now without Ronaldo to rely on the find the net, any man who steps into the hotseat in Madrid is going to have a huge task on their hands to bring Los Blancos back to where everyone expects them to be, challenging at the top of La Liga and competing for every major honour available to them.
Next Real Madrid Manager Betting Odds
- Mauricio Pochettino 6/4
- Roberto Martinez 2/1
- Santiago Solari 5/2
- Arsene Wenger 5/1
- Guti 6/1
- Antonio Conte 9/1
- Jose Mourinho 12/1
- Joachim Low 16/1