Wenger, Pochettino, Guti and 10 coaches who could replace Zidane at Real Madrid

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After the Frenchman announced his departure on Thursday, a look at some of the names who could take over at the Santiago Bernabeu next season

  1. ANTONIO CONTE

    The Italian will be available as he is set to leave Chelsea imminently after two years in London. A serial winner, he would be likely to guarantee success in La Liga but his style of play may not attract Madrid fans. His record in the Champions League is also disappointing.
  2. MAURICIO POCHETTINO

    The Tottenham manager has only just signed a new five-year contract with the north London club, but he has long been admired by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. His Spurs side beat Los Blancos in the Champions League group stages and he is the current favourite with bookmakers to take over at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2018-19. However, Tottenham would not let him leave without a huge fight.
  3. ARSENE WENGER

    The French manager turned down Real Madrid in the past out of loyalty to Arsenal, but is available now after leaving the Gunners at the end of the 2017-18 season following 22 years in charge of the north London club. The 68-year-old has said he wants to continue coaching and could be considered by Los Blancos, perhaps as a short-term option.
  4. JOACHIM LOW

    The Germany coach extended his contract with the world champions to 2022 recently, but he is another long linked to Real Madrid and admired by president Florentino Perez. Low is currently preparing Germany's World Cup defence after the Mannschaft were crowned champions in 2014, but he could be tempted if things do not go to plan in Russia this summer.
  5. JORGE SAMPAOLI

    The Argentina coach is also preparing for Russia, but the volatile nature of the Albiceleste job means a disappointing World Cup campaign could hasten his departure in the summer. Sampaoli impressed hugely in his sole season at Sevilla and that work has not gone unnoticed with Spain's biggest teams. He is likely to be one of the names under consideration to take over at Real.
  6. MAURIZIO SARRI

    The 59-year-old has delighted purists of the game over the last three years with his Napoli side playing some mesmerising football. Sarri is a perfect fit for Madrid aesthetically, but negotiations with Chelsea to replace Conte are already advanced and his lack of silverware could also count against him at Real anyway.

  7. MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI

    The 50-year-old has led Juventus to four successive Serie A titles and also four straight Coppa Italia crowns, with two Champions League final appearances in that time (losing to Barcelona in 2014-15 and Real Madrid in 2017-18). Wanted by Arsenal before they appointed Unai Emery, he seems set to stay put but could be tempted by one of the biggest jobs in world football.
  8. MARCELINO GARCIA TORAL

    The Spanish coach enjoyed a spectacular season with Valencia in 2017-18, leading the Mestalla-based outfit to a fourth-placed finish in La Liga and a return to the Champions League. He has already said he does not see himself at Valencia for the long term and although he will not be among the favourites, he will be one of the names considered by Real Madrid to take over from Zinedine Zidane.
  9. GUTI

    A Real Madrid hero from his playing days when he was one of the most gifted midfielders in La Liga, the 41-year-old is now cutting his teeth as a coach with the club's Juvenil A (under-19) team and is already impressing in that role. Although it may be early for him to make the step up to the highest level, he has already been touted in the Madrid media as a possible successor to Zidane.
  10. SANTIAGO SOLARI

    Another former team-mate of Zidane, Santiago Solari, could follow the Frenchman's path to the top job. Solari is currently in charge of Real Madrid's youth team, Castilla, which was where Zidane started out before taking over from Rafa Benitez in 2016. Solari's side play attractive football, but results have not always been brilliant for the former Argentina midfielder and he looks like an outsider at the moment.