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Next Real Madrid Manager Betting: Solari favourite to replace Lopetegui as Conte drifts

6:01 PM MYT 30/10/2018
Antonio Conte, Real Madrid
Having sacked the former Spain boss following a poor start to the season, it's the new interim boss who tops the betting to take over at the Bernabeu

Julen Lopetegui's reign at Real Madrid lasted just 14 matches as the 52-year-old was relieved of his duties on Monday evening.

Many bookmakers made Antonio Conte a red-hot favourite to take over at the Bernabeu, but the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rules may complicate any potential appointment.

They state that should a team part ways with their coach during the season, the side in question has just two weeks to find a permanent replacement or face disciplinary measures.

As a result, Conte - who was just 1/7 (1.14) on Monday afternoon - is now 11/4 (3.75) with William Hill to be Real Madrid's next permanent manager.

Goal understands that Conte is still the frontrunner for the job, but a complicated situation regarding an ongoing compensation package with former club Chelsea will only serve to ramp up the pressure over the coming days.

Due to this clock being placed on Madrid's next move, Santiago Solari is the favourite at 4/6 (1.67) after it was confirmed that the Reserve team manager would take charge of first team affairs following Lopetegui's departure.

It's understandable to see Solari at the head of the market. If Madrid can't negotiate with an external candidate in the next two weeks, then they may have little option but to install Solari permanently as per the Federation's rules.

The 42-year-old does hold the correct coaching licences to take over Los Blancos but Florentino Perez will surely be looking for a bigger name after a disastrous start to the season.

The overnight mover has been Mauricio Pochettino who is now an industry-best price of 7/2 (4.50) with William Hill. The Tottenham manager was as outspoken about his current clubs' ambition and lack of transfer business as he has ever been when speaking before the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday. The Argentine said the club was at his lowest point since taking over in his pre-match press conference.

Some punters may believe the Spurs boss has firmly put himself in the shop window with those comments, but again, it's tough to see Daniel Levy agreeing to let Pochettino leave his current role, especially with the time stipulation.

Arsene Wenger (8/1) is a free agent and his price has contracted accordingly while Roberto Martinez is also 8/1 (9.0) with William Hill.

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