Following the “unexpected” departure of Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid was plunged into the market in search of their next manager.
Zidane departure was surprising and unexpected as he has just led the team to their 3rd consecutive Champions League, but patchy domestic performances meant he was walking on eggshell, but it is generally believed that the Champions League victory was enough to save his job.
Usual suspects were linked to Madrid in their search for a manager, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochetino was reported to be the leading contender to replace Zidane, however just as Zidane’s departure was surprising, the announcement of Julien Lopetegui was even more surprising.
Julien Lopetegui’s only club career was an unsuccessful spell at FC Porto before taking over the reigns of the Spanish National team. He has done very well at the helms of the “La Roja” leading them to 14 wins of 20 games with 0 defeat and qualifying for the World Cup in style, however, his managerial experience is still patchy and represent a huge risk for a club that expects immediate success.
His immediate responsibilities will be to resolve the future of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as well as rebuilding the team.
Lopetegui’s reign as Madrid manager is already in the spotlight for the wrong reasons following revelations that he regards Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the Greatest footballer ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Life expectancy as a Madrid Manager is relatively short and they are not a club to shy away from a swift decision of ax-wielding, the prompt sacking of Rafa Benitez and many before him comes to mind.