·26 March 2023
·26 March 2023
Real Madrid are staring at an uncertain summer, particularly due to the precarious situation of their managerial position.
Carlo Ancelotti has faced immense pressure from the board following a series of poor displays in domestic competitions. This has been coupled with three back-to-back losses at the hands of eternal rivals FC Barcelona.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of candidates have emerged as a potential replacement for Ancelotti come the end of the season. Julian Nagelsmann, who was recently fired by Bayern Munich, is one of them.
However, according to Alfredo Matilla, Real Madrid, although determined to get rid of Ancelotti in the summer, in the form of a gentleman’s agreement, are favouring a move for Mauricio Pochettino as his desired replacement.
Pochettino was linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu a few years ago, but the move did not materialise. Since then, he has publicly stated his desire to become a coach at Real Madrid and a man of his word, he has continued to turn down offers from other clubs.
A potential move to Bernabeu is looking more real than ever, with the Argentine emerging as the frontrunner, ahead of other options such as Nagelsmann and most recently, Marcelo Gallardo.
Formerly of Tottenham and PSG, Pochettino has not managed a club since his departure from Paris in the middle of 2022. However, he has extensive managerial experience, having overseen almost 300 matches at Spurs while taking charge of 84 matches for PSG as well.
Pochettino has experience managing in Spain as well, having started his career with a stint at Espanyol. He can, therefore, be an interesting option for Real Madrid as they look for a fresh start after a disappointing season under Ancelotti.
The Italian tactician, in turn, looks likely to join the Brazilian national team in the summer, as a direct replacement for Tite.
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