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Next Real Madrid manager: Elite and homegrown names linked in wake of Zidane's exit

Fri, 1 June 2018, 8:46

Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane have parted ways after a hugely successful three seasons, with the club lifting the Champions League in each season Zidane was manager as well as one La Liga title. What Are The Odds looks at the next Real Madrid manager odds via Sky Bet, with a host of top names in fray to take the hot seat at the Santiago Bernabeu, including one more familiar to Real fans than most.

There can’t be many better ways to exit on your own terms than just winning a third consecutive Champions League title, and that’s exactly what Zinedine Zidane did on Thursday afternoon and a hastily put together press conference. As the dust settles in Madrid, the world is now speculating who will take on the mammoth task of winning European glory for a fourth year-in-a-row.

The favourite is Arsene Wenger with a price of 11/8 (2.38) - the former Arsenal manager of 22-years was wanted by Madrid on a couple of occasions in the past years, but nothing ever materialised. Now the two could align in what could be the last opportunity for both parties - Wenger is sizing up his options before taking a new job, and Madrid needing stability and strength before attempting to up upset Barcelona’s league dominance.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has been touted as a future Real Madrid manager, and will have impressed after Spurs’ draw and win against Los Blancos in the Champions League group stages earlier in the season. Odds of 13/8 (2.63) suggest it’s a real close thing between Pochettino and Wenger to be next Real Madrid manager, but the sticking point is that the Spurs tied up Poch and his staff to new five-year contracts.

However, the Independent claim that Real Madrid will go all-out for Pochettino to be Zidane’s successor - it looks like it will be an interesting time in north London if these reports come to fruition.

Guti is probably the most surprising name in this next Real Madrid manager odds market, priced at 6/1 (7.00). The current Real Madrid U19 manager is looking to get the ultimate promotion to manage the club that he played over 380 games for in midfield. It would continue the pathway that took Zidane to legendary manager status, but at this juncture would the club take the risk on inexperience or go for one of Europe’s top managerial names?

The market from here on drops to odds of 9/1 (10.0) on Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and then to 14/1 (15.0) on Maurizio Sarri. The outsiders look completely like that, and it would be appear just 24 hours after Zidane’s resignation that it’s a three-way battle for Europe’s biggest club side.

Probability of next Real Madrid manager

Next Manager Next Real Madrid Manager Odds Probability
Arsene Wenger   11/8 22.22%
Mauricio Pochettino   13/8 15.38%
Guti   6/1 11.76%
Antonio Conte   9/1 10.53%
Maurizio Sarri   14/1 10.53%

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