Here’s a quick guide to betting on the next Real Madrid manager and where to get the best odds…
In just 29 months in charge at the Bernebeau, Zinedine Zidane steered Real Madrid to a hat-trick of Champions League Titles. Therefore, his decision to step down as manager has left Real Madrid with what may prove an impossible task of finding another manager capable of filling his shoes.
However, Real Madrid will be looking to replace Zidane as soon as possible to give the new manager time to become acclimatised as Madrid look to win a fourth consecutive Champions League Title and wrestle the La Liga Title away from their biggest rivals Barcelona.
A variety of big-name managers have been priced-up by the betting exchanges, sports spread betting firms, and the online bookies. They include the likes of Mauricio Pocchetino, Arsene Wenger, Guti, Antonio Conte, and Raul. Most sports betting firms are offering a fixed odds market. However, the exchanges could be the place to go for value, whilst they often reflect market interest before the online bookies.
Mauricio Pocchetino as the next Real Madrid manager?
It’s easy to see why Pocchetino has been installed as favourite with both the bookies and the betting exchanges. The style of football Tottenham have been playing since he became the Spurs manager is a style that the Real Madrid fans would appreciate. The ex-Argentinean international also has a rich history of experience in La Liga having played over 250 matches for Espanyol and managed them for three seasons. However, he has yet to win a trophy as a manager and that may count against him. He has also signed a 5-year deal to stay at Tottenham and is reportedly looking forward to making Tottenham’s new ground a fortress over the coming seasons. However, his appointment as Real Madrid manager could open the doors for Harry Kane to join him at Real Madrid.
Arsene Wenger could be the next Real Madrid manager?
Arsene Wenger’s 22-years in charge of Arsenal made him one of the longest-serving football managers of all time. His style of football is also pleasing on the eye, and he it would be interesting to see what he could do with the increased spending power he would have at Real Madrid. However, at the age of 68, Real Madrid may be looking for a manager that is younger and has more to prove than Wenger. The fact he hasn’t won the Premier League Title since 2004 and that Arsenal have not won a European Trophy under his management must also be negatives.
Guti or José María Gutiérrez Hernández is very much like Zidane in that he was a crowd favourite as a player at Real Madrid. He also took over the playmaking responsibilities in midfield when Zidane retired from playing football. Since 2013, he has been managing Real Madrid’s youth team, and a step up to first team management may well be on the cards at some point, even though he lacks experience at first-team level.
The Chelsea Manager spent his playing career and most of his managerial career in Italy. He has won Serie A twice with Juventus and also the Premier League title with Chelsea in his first year in charge. However, he does lack experience of La Liga, whilst his defence-first managerial style may not go down well with the Real Madrid fans.
Raúl González Blanco may be his full name, but the forty-year-old is known all over the world as Raul. The former Real Madrid striker scored 228 goals in 550 appearances for Real Madrid and also scored 44 goals in 108 appearances for Spain. Fans would be thrilled by his appointment, as it is likely he would nurture the many creative talents that Real Madrid have. However, with no previous management experience, he may be required to take on a lesser role at the club first with a view to taking over the reins in the future.