It’s looking more and more likely that Jose Mourinho will be leaving his position at Real Madrid at the end of the season.
It has been reported that the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ will be making a return to Chelsea in the summerWi, as his position with the Real Madrid board, players and fans becomes increasingly untenable.
If the rumours are true then Real Madrid will undoubtedly be creating a shortlist of managers to bring in as a replacement for Jose Mourinho. So we take a look at some of the names likely to be on Real Madrid’s hit list.
Jurgen Klopp – Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has impressed ever since he has taken over the reins at the Black & Yellows, helping his side to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and currently in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Klopp guides his side past Malaga and into the semi-finals, his time at the Westfalenstadion has been highly praised and there is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp is ready to make the jump to one of the biggest club’s in the world.
Antonio Conte – Juventus
Another manager who has guided his side in to the Champions League quarter-finals. Juventus boss has experienced an incredible amount of success over the past eighteen months, clinching the Serie A title last season; without losing a single game. Despite being ruled out of action with a ban for much of the current campaign, he has returned to the Turin side’s dugout to once again guide Juventus to a domestic championship.
They comfortably made it through to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, but now Conte faces one of the biggest tests of his career as he gets ready to take on Bayern Munich; if he manages to mastermind his way past the Bundesliga giants then the interest from Real Madrid will only increase, and rightfully so.
Andre Villas-Boas – Tottenham Hotspur
Perhaps the most surprising name on the list, Mourinho’s former assistant could well be considered a worthy replacement for the ‘special one’. However, there would obviously be a few worries along the way in snapping up the young Villas-Boas; firstly would Daniel Levy allow Villas-Boas to leave so shortly after arriving? If he manages to secure a Champions League spot then Daniel Levy will be doing everything in his power to make sure he stays at the club.
One has to wonder whether the Real Madrid fans would be ecstatic with this appointment, having seen what happened at Chelsea - would Villas-Boas be given the same amount of time as he was at Chelsea? Real Madrid’s cutthroat reputation for sacking managers is on par with that of Chelsea and if things went wrong it could be another short spell for AVB.
Carlo Ancelotti – Paris Saint-Germain
The eldest member of Real Madrid’s quarter of options; Carlo Ancelotti is doing great in Paris having been heavily backed by the club’s Qatari owners. It seems as if the Parc des Princes side are finally set to end their 19-year wait for a Ligue 1 Championship, and are still in the Champions League.
In the quarter-final stage Ancelotti will be taking on FC Barcelona. Even if he does get knocked up the season will be considered a success if he can bring home the coveted l’Hexagon.
All four men are capable of succeeding at Real Madrid, and the attraction of managing one of the world’s biggest clubs will likely be too much to turn down.
Who do you think Real Madrid will bring in to replace Jose Mourinho should he leave at the end of the season? Have your say below.
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