With speculation rife regarding Jose Mourinho’s departure from Real Madrid, GMF looks at who Real Madrid could employ next in their hot seat at the Bernabeu.
Here are some of the men who could take Real Madrid to greater heights in the coming years.
With Carlo Ancelotti struggling to win the French title as comfortably as some would like, reports have been suggesting the Italians name for the (most probably) vacant post at the Madrid this summer.
Although Ancelotti was hugely successful and accredited with the double he got Chelsea in the 2009-2010 season, one trophy-less season (2010-2011) saw him get the sack from the ruthless Roman Abramovich.
But as experienced as he is, ambitious French side Paris Saint Germain got him to launch them into one of the European giants.
Several new imports later, a league title and a respectable position in the Champions League will be the least expected and a failure to land them will result in yet another irrational sack.
Although his respect hasn't been lost at other big clubs around the world and with the Madrid job available, their hierarchy might just give him a chance, especially having seen the attacking brand of football he can bring to any side with little or no changes.
With Madrid legend Michael Laudrup now having won the Capital One Cup with Swansea with a nominal budget in the transfer window, his stocks are certainly higher than ever.
As a player, Laudrup was one of the most successful, playing for both Barcelona and Real Madrid among other top clubs. As a manager, though he has just started to come into the limelight, Laudrup has proved that he does have that special something required to manage at the top level.
He successfully continued Brendan Rodgers’ revolution at the South Wales club and in fact bettered it by installing that winning mentality in the players, which will now see them ply their trade in Europe next season. If, the Madrid hierarchy does choose him to take over, one thing that they can be sure of is an attacking brand of football with a no-nonsense approach.
The complaints about the media, fixtures’ list and the associations will be gone, replaced by a quite working environment, something that can only be beneficial to the always excited city of Madrid.
The Dane will get back the beautiful football at the Bernabeu and only then can we imagine a true footballing competition between the hugely dominated rivals of Spain.
With Arsene Wenger going through his toughest time yet at Arsenal, en exit might just be on the cards for the Frenchman.
He has been linked with Real Madrid before, with the hierarchy at the club wanting to implement both his excellent managerial skills along with his top draw scouting analysis which saw him bring top players like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp to London.
The philosophies he has implemented at the Gunners is long courted by Real and this might just be the chance to get him.
Although eight years without a trophy will most certainly be not tolerated at Madrid, the combination of both keeping the club in profits and assembling a winning team might just be too hard for the Frenchman to turn down.
Wenger could arrive and lay down the work for a stabilised structure and at the end of the current campaign Wenger may be tempted to leave north London outfit in favour of a move to the Spanish capital.
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