Zinedine Zidane shocked the world after he resigned as manager of Real Madrid. Zidane made the surprise announcement that he was leaving Madrid on Thursday, less than a week after leading the team to its third straight Champions League title. Zidane became the first manager to win three straight Champions League title after Real Madrid defeated English giants Liverpool by 3-1.
In past two-and-a-half year, Zidane guided the Spanish giants to total nine trophies, including three Champions League titles, one Spanish league title, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups. (Also Read: Real Madrid clinch 3rd straight Champions League title with 3-1 victory over Liverpool )
It will be a tough task for Real Madrid to find his replacement as they need a manager who can match up to Zidane's aura and class. Here are some potential replacement for the French legend.
There are many reports that Antonio Conte might be leaving Chelsea this year after a trophy-less season. Conte is known as one of the best football masterminds and he can be a wise replacement for the French legend. If Conte is backed by the board, he can be the one who can win them every trophy. The former Italian player knows how to make an impact in the debut year as he won the Premier League with Chelsea in his very first year.
Maurizio Sarri is still bounded by Napoli's contract, though they have already appointed Carlo Ancelotti. He has the potential to become a long-term manager for any team with his creative game-play. He took Napoli to a new height despite having limited resources. Sarri's team gave a tough competition to rivals Juventus in SERIE A. Napoli finished the season with 91 points; all because of Sarri visual creativity.
Joachim Loew is one of the favourites to join Real Madrid this season considering his quality and record. Loew has done a remarkable job with German football team. Under his guidance, Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Loew also led Germany to their first FIFA Confederations Cup triumph in 2017. Madrid board will consider him as a serious option to manage the team.
If Madrid are thinking to continue their trend of assigning a manager who had already played for them in past like Zidane, then Guti might be their first choice. Guti is also a crowd favourite, so it will be easy for him to adapt to the La Liga early. Guti is currently the coach of the most senior Real Madrid youth team Juvenil A, with whom he has spent two years but ready to leave them. He recently announced that he will not continue as Juvenil A coach because he needs to move up to continue his progression.
After a long 22-year spell with Arsenal, Arsene Wenger resigned from his post this year. He might come to Madrid to start his new legacy. According to reports, Wenger has been linked with Madrid a few times in past and he refused to join them, but this might be the right time for him. The appointment of the 68-year-old French manager could change the Madrid's style of play as he is very different from Zidane tactically