On Monday evening many Real Madrid fans got the official news they were expecting to happen long ago. This is that Real Madrid has sacked Julen Lopetegui. Lopetegui had a miserable brief reign at Real Madrid. He managed 14 games, winning six and losing six, drawing the other two games. This is the worst start to a season Real Madrid has had since Florentino Perez became president. Former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, expected to take the hot seat immediately according to numerous reports. However, this has not been the case due to reports saying some players would not get along with him.
Santiago Solari, the head coach of Castilla appointed as the provisional manager since Lopetegui departure. However, under the Spanish FA rules, a provisional manager can be in charge for two weeks. This gives Real Madrid time to find a suitable candidate to take up this role on a full-time basis. Here are a few possible candidates Real Madrid could appoint as their new manager:
José María Gutiérrez Hernández, popularly known as Guit join Real Madrid as a player in 1986. He started playing for the academy then the reserves teams before making his first-team debut in 1994. The former Real Madrid midfielder made over 500 appearances winning three Champions League and five La Liga titles. In 2010, Guti joined Besiktas after 25 years of service at Real Madrid. Guti retired in 2012 and returned to Los Blancos as a youth coach. In July 2018 he took up the assistant manager role for Besiktas. Guti showed his loyalty to the club but fans will not be happy with an inexperienced manager leading the team through important stages.
Currently, the head coach of Belgium, Roberto Matinez impressed at this summer’s 2018 World Cup. Martinez guided Belguim to third place with an attacking and fluid style of play. This something fans will love to see at the Bernabeu. He signed a two-year extension contract before the start of the World Cup. Martinez’s career at club level brought joy to some miserable fans. After, leading Swansea to a League One title and helping Wigan to a shock FA Cup win in 2013. He started out well at Everton but things went downhill in the second season which got him sacked. His appointment as manager could see Real signing targets such as Eden Hazard.
Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with Real Madrid hot seat for a couple seasons now. He signed a five-year contract this year which means Real Madrid would pay a heavy compensation bill if he leaves for the Bernabeu. Many see him as the ideal candidate for the job due to his revolutionary work at Spurs. At Spurs, he developed a lot of young talent and this would be ideal for Madrid who has an aging squad.