Jose Mourinho favourite to become Real Madrid's new manager if Zinedine Zidane is sacked

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Real Madrid's disappointing start to the season continued with a heavy defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night. 

Los Blancos travelled to France for the opening game of their Champions League campaign, facing a PSG side without the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. 

Expectations were high, but Zinedine Zidane's team failed to deliver. 

Madrid were beaten 3-0, with two first-half goals coming from Angel Di Maria before Thomas Meunier added a third in the dying moments. 

It was a humbling experience for the visitors, who have only won two of the five fixtures they've played this season. 

Something has to change at the Bernabeu and reports suggest that Zidane's job is already under serious threat.  

The Frenchman only returned six months ago, but his second spell in charge of Real could be very short-lived. But who's favourite to replace him? None other than Jose Mourinho.

The Special One has been out of management since leaving Manchester United in December 2018, but he's made it clear a return is on the cards. 

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After Madrid's 3-0 defeat to PSG, the odds of Mourinho taking over at the Bernabeu have been slashed to 6/5, per Oddschecker.

Mauricio Pochettino is actually second-favourite to replace Zidane, with odds of 9/2. Massimilano Allegri has the third shortest odds of 7/1.

Check out a full list of potential candidates and their odds below: 

  • Jose Mourinho: 6/5
  • Mauricio Pochettino: 9/2
  • Massimilano Allegri: 7/1
  • Roberto Martinez: 9/1
  • Leonardo Jardim: 11/1
  • Raul: 12/1
  • Guti: 14/1
  • Xabi Alonso: 20/1
  • Jurgen Klopp: 33/1
  • Arsene Wenger: 40/1 
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"Always the man for the big occasion, it would be very on-brand for Jose Mourinho to end his sabbatical with a dramatic return to Real Madrid," Oddschecker spokesman Callum Wilson said.

"The club look rudderless under Zinedine Zidane, and it cannot be long before Florentino Perez wields the axe once again, leaving the door ajar for the 'Special One'."

It may be a little early to lump your life savings on a swift Zidane departure, but if Madrid's results continue to slide, we could see Mourinho back at the Bernabeu before Christmas. 

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