MAURICIO POCHETTINO is the new favourite to take over at Real Madrid.
“Real Madrid parted company with Julen Lopetegui on Monday after a worrying start to his tenure”
Los Blancos parted company with Julen Lopetegui on Monday after a worrying start to his tenure.
The 52-year-old – who was sacked by Spain three days before the start of the 2018 World Cup for accepting the job – had lost four of his last five outings before heading into last Sunday’s El Clasico showdown with Barcelona.
And a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the Nou Camp proved the final nail in his coffin at the Bernabeu.
Santiago Solari has been promoted from his role as B-team manager to take temporary charge of the senior side – yet the bookies believe Mauricio Pochettino will succeed Lopetegui on a full-time basis.
SkyBet have the Tottenham boss as 7/4 favourite in the race to become Real’s next permanent manager.
Pochettino has emerged as one of the most sought-after coaches in European football since taking the reins at Spurs in 2014 – despite failing to land any silverware.
He recently cast doubt over his future at the club, saying: “It’s strange because my feeling is the worst feeling I’ve had in the five years that I’ve been here.
“It’s the worst. But it’s the best start ever for the club in the Premier League. It’s strange, no?”
Delays over Spurs’ new stadium have left Pochettino frustrated, with the north London club being forced to play their home games on a regularly worn-down Wembley turf, and it could tempt him towards joining the European champions.
Santiago Solari is 2/1 to land the full-time job at the Bernabeu, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is 5/2 to be appointed.
According to Sky Sports News, though, the Belgian FA has had no contract from Real and would not tolerate any ‘tapping up’ of their head coach.
Other managers in the running include Arsene Wenger (5/1), Antonio Conte (12/1) and Jose Mourinho’s ex-assistant Rui Faria (16/1).